She is the owner of El Interior! In 1979, Marcia Lucas started an Austin-based business working with designers, collectors, and folk art galleries and museums in order to spread her love of folk art & textiles, as well as the techniques and the culture behind them. Five years later, she opened a retail space downtown and then moved it to El Interior’s current location in the historic Clarksville neighborhood.
Marcia has been visiting and buying from many of the Mexican artisans for so long that she’s had the pleasure of watching their babies grow up and become master artisans in their own right. “I really love feeling such a strong connection with these indigenous people and feeling that I’m helping encourage and support their sustainable and traditional lifestyle and culture.”
During those early years, Lucas had several museum exhibits on Zapotec Indian rug and sarape weaving at the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, Texas, and The Board of Governors at the Federal Reserve in Washington D.C. and the Mexican Cultural Institute in San Antonio, Texas. Her article on Zapotec weaving was published in The Master Key magazine of the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles, California. She was also a major instrument in the founding of Austin Friends of Folk Art, in 1987.
Marcia has a deep passion and commitment toward supporting the cultures of Indigenous MesoAmerica — Mexico and Guatemala. Her goal is to share the knowledge of its people, introduce their customs, and promote sustainability by buying their beautiful and lovingly created artisanal products, which were made in their homes and workshops, and present them to a wider, global audience. Theirs is a culture that lives life from the heart and empowers deep connection with their families, communities, and Mother Earth. Marcia strives to provide the highest quality of goods filled with beauty, and to serve El Interior’s customers in the very best way she can.