Monday, January 31, 2011
Cascade necklace, the Tagua Bib necklace, the Braided Açaí necklace, and the Jabon Bracelet and earrings.
Kestrel, in the upper right-hand corner has her own blog; please check out Make Fashion Fair!
Thanks for sending your photos, ladies---cheers!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Since the Andean Collection became their main client, Nancy and Carlos have been steadily improving their lives. Their house has been extended, and a new floor added with a spacious workshop space. The children all attend school, looking smart in their uniforms. More recently they have bought a Chevrolet Zafira car, which they say has given them a freedom and ease in getting from A to B.
Working with Nancy and Carlos has certainly been an amazing experience!
Monday, January 24, 2011
When we first introduced the Polished Tagua Bracelets, we originally stuck with soft, muted colors like nude and sage. But now, this palette has been courageously boosted with the vibrant shades of sunset orange, incan sun, and yes, the ever confident Pacific Blue!
The cobalt açaí seeds balance out and complement the otherwise warm hues of the Amazon Necklace in Tropical:
My absolute favorite piece of this season is the Açaí Cuff Bracelet (in Pacific Blue), because it marks a break through into new territory for our bracelets.
Finally, La Cleta earrings, which were inspired by the fantastic La Cleta Café in Quito, are my favorite in Pacific Blue:
Saturday, January 22, 2011
The Yasuni Park in Ecuador is a gift of nature. It is a formation of infinitive hills, that have been formed over thousands of years by the rivers that have forged their way through the landscape. The magic of this area is its ecosystem, with the highest concentration of biodiversity in the world. The Yasuni area safeguards the highest variation of flora and fauna of the world, making it one of the most important national parks of the world for the survival of the planet. Indeed, many people beliveve that thanks to Yasuni, the Planet Earth continues to thrive!
It is not then a surprise that our artisans from Ecuador have been inspired by the powerful colour offered by nature to create one of our new pieces! The wild Amazon necklace:
Monday, January 17, 2011
The house I live in belongs to a Mexican artist who turned 69 on Saturday and accordingly celebrated in her garden with old time friends, family members from all over and some new acquaintances like me. It was a really joyful and artistic party with delicious food and guests reciting poems in Quechua, Spanish, German, English and Russian! A girl who was at the party from the States and myself, the younger generation, were almost ashamed to realise that we could not recite any poems, but we made a plan to learn some by heart from our own cultures for next time.
Some of the guests were artists involved in the contemporary art scene in Quito, and I am looking forward to learning more about that whole scene in the near future. Next week I will be going to the opening of an exhibition of portraits by one of the artists who was at the party.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
And the earrings! I am also obsessed with the La Floresta earrings in sunset orange. So striking and incredibly light and comfortable to wear for such a dramatic earring.
La Floresta is the name of our favorite neighborhood in Quito, and where our Ecuador based team lives and works. This set's easy flow and sleek lines was inspired by the neighborhood of La Floresta, which is a oasis in the midst of a very hectic city! Check all the new pieces here and let us know which is your new favorite!
Monday, January 10, 2011
To be a part of an artistic community and actively craft and execute designs is a powerful thing. I feel it in my own home with my mother and sister when we make jewelry on our dining room table, but I also vicariously feel it from our Andean Collection artisans in Ecuador who collectively turn each seed to bead and create such beauty out of nature’s purest offerings. Try it, it’s fun!
Making jewelry at our dining room table.
Friday, January 7, 2011
On Christmas Day (which was just another Saturday) I went to see a cultural celebration for immigrant rights in Chile, a group made up of mostly Peruvians but also Bolivians, Argentineans, and Ecuadorians. This dance, called Caporales, is performed in the Altiplano, the high plains region of the Andes mountains that extend up into Ecuador. These performers continued dancing around the plaza even in excrutiating heat!
Monday, January 3, 2011
I have always loved the look and feel of the AC's Riverbed Bracelets. The Riverbeds are extremely smooth to wear, rich in texture (you can see the actual grain of the seed throughout the bracelet) and are often mistaken for actual stones. I also love how you can stack the bracelets, intermix them with other bangles you already own, or just throw one on. This bracelet is bold but versatile and allows you to integrate it into your own personal style.