Take a look at these INCREDIBLE "Early Bird" Prizes generously donated by the International Folk Art Market Santa Fe! Donate now to be entered into the March 22nd Early Bird drawing.
THREE WINNERS will be drawn at random from among all entries received on-line and by mail by Friday, March 22nd at 5 pm MT.
Josnel was an apprentice to master Serge Jolimeau and is now a
metalworker in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, who transforms discarded oil
drums into remarkable artwork with his skill and creativity. He
describes himself as a “difficult child” who only found purpose once
he was taught metalworking. His hammered, chiseled, punched, and
incised bowls and platters represent yet another innovation within the
tradition that now defines Josnel’s community to the world. Each piece
is a way for him to pay tribute to his rich culture and religious
beliefs. He is proud to be teaching the art to young apprentices,
continuing the tradition. Donate Now!
Nicolás learned to work clay from his parents at an early age,
eventually experimenting with his own designs. He wanted to move away
from using the unhealthy lead glazes that were traditional in the
village and he started to use his own unique technique. He begins by
burnishing the slipped surface, sketching nature-inspired designs onto
that, and then scraping away the interior areas to leave a matte
pattern. The pieces are fired at very high temperatures and later
covered with a light coat of wax, making them durable enough for
everyday use. He works together with his wife on many of the pieces,
and their daughters are now learning to create alongside them. Donate Now!
Leki Textiles & Weaving Studio
According to legend, Bhutanese weaving originally started out as an
improvised interpretation of Tibetan weaving. In many instances,
motifs are connected to the natural world, as well as to spiritual
practices and belief systems. Maintaining the highest artistic
standards, while at the same time expanding upon centuries of
tradition, master textile artist Leki Wangmo, along with her
all-female team of artisans, creates gorgeously hewn woven fabrics
both as wearable items and for home décor. Wangmo and her team make
their textiles completely by hand, along every step of the way. Tools
remain largely unchanged throughout millennia, incorporating mostly
wood, bamboo, and animal hide elements. Both men and women wear
traditionally woven garments in Bhutan as everyday clothing, with more
intricately designed items reserved for special festivals and events.
Leki Wangmo was born into a large family with longstanding, ancestral
ties to weaving and embroidery folk art practices. In Bhutan, weaving
is a historically matrilineal activity, and Wangmo learned her craft
originally from her grandmother and from her mother. Respect for the
artistic process and reverence its deep cultural significance is
evidenced in each and every resoundingly beautiful, hand-crafted item
produced by Wangmo and her team. Donate Now!