Beads, what a humble tiny thing, what a cheap object that everybody can pay. They say Phoenicians traded by the Mediterranean Sea with beads, beads in exchange of solid metals, from silver to tin. How happy were people seeing their brilliant bracelets and brooches, nobody complaint nor felt they were cheated. Boring ugly metals in exchange of gorgeous jewels, a jewelry perfect for celebrations and love, for beauty and dreams.
Yes, because with colorful beads and threads, with false pearls and wire, with broken glasses and ropes, the most beautiful jewelry can be made (we call it imitation), but the imitation can be more attractive than a gold ingot. What’s the gap? The gap is called ‘creativity’.
Since then, artisans of all time, artisans from all over the world, artisans of all cultures, have been making marvelous works. Because the beads? No, because their imagination, maybe the fundamental quality of humanity, the only sets us apart from primates, because they have a memory and, of course, feelings.
‘Creando con Mostacillas’ is a school of crafts in Chile. They make marvelous works with velvet, leather or wool…, and with beads too. They think crafts develop spirit and they claimed to be an art studio and therapy workshop: ‘you will develop patience, peace, perseverance and concentration, to help your self-esteem and knowledge.’
They were a lot of interested students who collaborated with Yareah magazine during one year. Now, we would like to honor them and their work, an international work because art has not language and it was never affected by the disease of the Tower of Babel.
You will see the professional works by Solange Sierra and the pure pieces by Patricia Gonzalez Chinchon, but also the elegant necklaces by Teresa Toro and the suggestive creations by Cecilia Reyes, and the sweet pieces by Angelica Venagas, and the fresh jewels by Macarena and Solange Fuentes.
… Beads, what a humble tiny thing, what a cheap object that everybody can pay.