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.



Tabletop Trees.


More cheeseboard handles.

Village Candlesticks.


Bird Ornaments

…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.

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.


He is also well known for designing the facade of the Metropolitan Cathedral in San Salvador.

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

….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


  • 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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