Hello! My name is Magdalena Boufal-Nistico. I'm originally from Poland and Mekunia is an endearing nickname given to me by my parents when I was little. It seemed fitting for me to choose a name that has such a strong connection to my identity, my childhood...a time when I discovered my love for all things creative and fashionable. As an adult, my academic background in psychology led me into art therapy where I worked closely with children, helping them to better express themselves through art. It is this type of expression that lives at the heart of what I do now.
I make unique, handmade, and hand-painted leather jewelry and accessories. I specialize in stenciling, silk screening, and photo transfer techniques on leather goods. The contradiction of clean and organic lines is a driving force in my work. My pieces are made in small batches with great care in my home studio in Collingswood, New Jersey. They include items for women, men, and children (mother-daughter jewelry and child-doll matching accessories). I primarily use leather remnants, jewelry hardware that is allergy conscious (lead and nickel free), and nontoxic art media.
I also love creating custom pieces with personally meaningful artwork on them, like children's drawings. It is such a natural extension of my background as an artist, art therapist, and mother. Artwork is powerful, personal, and connects special memories and feelings. I focus on transforming static artwork (for instance, a sketch otherwise stored in a drawer or portfolio) into sentimental fashion (leather jewelry or accessory) that a parent can wear. Relatives, close friends, and children also enjoy wearing personally meaningful accessories. I can customize any of my accessories into custom works, or create wholly bespoke pieces. (Customization takes a few days time depending on my current workload at an additional cost.)
Kindly please visit my social media links to see my pieces and to check out my custom work: