Joyeux, coloré, ludique !
Artesanas RARI (Rari is a small, pre-mountainous town 305 Km. South of Santiago in Chile)
« CUENCO is an aesthetic concept under which we develop and produce accessories based on the handcrafted tradition in Rari’s horse hair weaving, in Chile.
Our creations differ from the traditional forms of this type of crafts (figurative motives) being outlined for its innovation, plastic sensibility and for presenting a change of the handcrafted tradition with contemporary design of abstract lines. It is necessary to mention that the creations of CUENCO have received the “Recognition of excellence UNESCO for the handcrafted products « ; worldwide distinction for quality creations in manufacture and innovation where our work turns out to be formulated from a look that values the tradition and the most experimental aesthetic experience.
At present we are dedicated to develop a line of complements of major scale and complexity . In these new creations we will put an accent in the innovation in size, materiality (the silver is in use only in the hooks) and the abstract lines of our designs, with clear architectural references. » (Paula Leal)
Paula Leal- Lunas Brooch – Horse hair and vegetable fibers
Paula Leal- Germina Brooch – Horse Hair, vegetable fibers dyed with natural pigments. Silver
Paula Leal- Broche Discos – Horse hair and vegetable fibers discs and sphere
Paula Leal- ‘Enredadera’- Horse Hair Figures and wire
Paula Leal- Black & White Necklace – Horse Hair, vegetable fibers -Inspired in machihembrados balloons, used in traditional Works
Paula Leal- ‘Aros Sonidos’ – Horse Hair, vegetable fibres, silver – Inspired in the “globo machihembrado”, technique, horse hair semi-spheres bunited
« Concept: Paula Leal is a designer, artist and architect. She studied at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica of Valparaiso in Chile. She has been involved in a different kind of architectural projects. During her professional career she has implicated herself into graphical design and furniture design, supporting always a strong interest in the experimentation of different techniques applied to diverse decorative objects. During the year 2007, Paula was seduced by the delicacy and color of the crafts weaved in the Rari’s horse hair technique. Then she meets Mrs. Alba Sepúlveda, artisan born in Rari, living now in Santiago, with more than 40 years dedicated with love and enthusiasm to the labor of the horse hair weaving. Between them, there arises a creative dialog which materializes in diverse works of more experimental and abstract character. In spite of possessing different aesthetic looks, both embark themselves in the production of a line of pieces of decorative contemporary accessories, which reveal and value the great versatility of this technique. In these small works, the feminine internal world continues to be expressed with the same delicacy, laboriousness, color and love that are found in the most traditional works, but with motives that speak to us from an urban environment and crossed by the look of Paula Leal’s profession: architecture.
Designer: Paula Leal
Artisans: Marcela Sepúlveda, Oriana Palma, Nancy Cortínez, Genoveva Soto, Edith Oñate, María Zúñiga, María Cifuentes, Maestra Madre Association and Panimávida Craft Centre.
Technique: horsehair, silver. »
red disc ring – Horsehair and silver – Designed by Monoco (Mónica Pérez)
Designer: Mónica Pérez
Concept: The originality of these pieces of jewellery is based on the unique way in which they are woven. Horsehair, silver and copper threads are braided together to give life to these playful and vibrant objects.
Artisans: Inés Carter and Nancy Alcántara
Technique: horsehair, silver, copper.
Mapuche discs necklace – Horsehair and silver – Designed by Damajuana (Trinidad Lira & Juan Pablo Nazar) – WOW !!
Black and white tube bracelet – Horsehair and silver – Designed by Damajuana
Designers: Trinidad Lira & Juan Pablo Nazar
Concept: Each piece is inspired by the traditional Mapuche (indigenous Chilean people) iconography. They combine ancestral crafts with contemporary shapes and techniques creating formally sophisticated pieces of jewellery.
Artisans: Sara Toro from Maestra Madre Association and Hilda Díaz.
Technique: horsehair, silver.
EXHIBITION / EXPO 19-31 Juill 2010 at 1.11 Kingly Court, Carnaby, London, W1B 5PW :