6/14/10

Xenia’s trip with Aid to Artisans to El Salvador, Part II

Click here to read Part I of Xenia’s trip with Aid to Artisans to El Salvador.

Xenia continues:
“Here are some finished samples. These ornaments also make up part of a mobile.
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Tabletop Trees.
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Cheeseboards.
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More cheeseboard handles.
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Village Candlesticks.
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Bird Ornaments
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…and many more.
The collection Jill and I designed will be available through Aid to Artisans. Anyone interested should contact Iris Huezo at iris_huezo@aidtoartisans.org

All-in-all this was just about my ideal creative experience. I was able to work with a new material, have a complete workshop at my disposal, collaborate with a great designer, and meet new people. And all in a beautiful setting with perfect weather.

Michelle Esmeralda (on the right) and friend posing on some work in progress.
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I only wish that I had had more time to absorb the local style and develop a collection based on Fernando Llort’s original images. You can see his influence all over the village, on lamp posts, walls and houses.
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He is also well known for designing the facade of the Metropolitan Cathedral in San Salvador.
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Hopefully, I will have a chance to go back some day and work again with the people of La Palma. So long El Salvador!

The national tree of El Salvador: El Balsamo Y Maquilishuat
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….and now, four months later I have just been asked to develop another collection for the La Palma artisans! Sadly, I won’t be traveling to El Salvador this time, but I am really happy to have this chance to build on the previous collection and to do something in the ‘La Palma’ style.”

Wednesday: Lilla’s Arlington Children’s Center sign

3 Comments

  • The collection turned out nice:) Love the fish ornaments and the cheeseboards.
    Also, the murals on the cathedrals are something!
    Hoping to come across an experience like this in this life time:)

    June 14, 2010
  • Congratulations Xenia, and best of luck on the next go around! Thanks for sharing it all with us…

    June 14, 2010
  • Good bless u! El Salvador is my love, people is beutiful, thanks for come!

    by Marta
    October 18, 2011

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