It has been a while since my last update and almost two years since I began my journey in the Amazon.
Many things happened in my personal life after we returned from Perú last year in July. It has been quite eventful. I have been unable to travel to the Amazon since then. So, I have been working via email, mail and phone with the artisans in Ecuador & Perú. Not being able to travel showed me that we can actually work using low
technology and conventional delivery services, even though the artisans
(especially the Awajún) may be located in remote parts of the Amazon. I
love when I get a package of new samples and stock. Their work is
Other artisans and communities have contacted me and want to work similarly. While I want to work with more of these communities, I am concentrating on the two communities (Cofán & Awajún) for now to establish a sustainable system. It takes a lot of resources to work with these communities. All have needs that have to be addressed. I now have a limited amount of stock to sell on the online store, which will be up soon! Orders from stores will also support the growth of our work.
As it becomes sustainable through sales, with profits shared with artisans and communities, I have also applied to a number of grants, which I am still awaiting results on. These funds would be beneficial to our work in the Amazon. I invite you to envision us getting (one of) these awards to continue our work with more funds. Each ranges from $80,000 to $100,000 and winning one would mean having the resources to further our efforts.
I also hired my husband Dylan, a talented metal artist and all around creative, to make a custom case to take the accessories to accounts. I had been using temporary boxes to take the work to appointments. I wanted a sustainable, made-in-the-US display case to take the accessories around. You can see this beautiful piece of functional art below and at www.orgbyvio.com/blog, as well as photos from our time in Awajún land.
I also added a new video from our travels to Urakusa in July 2011 to meet for the first time with Awajún artisans, who had invited me to begin a working relationship. The two days there were fruitful and well spent. It set the stage to begin our work, which as mentioned above, we have been able to do via internet, phone & mail. Please visit the link to watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/violetavillacorta
I look forward to traveling back to Dureno to work with the Cofán artisans of Asociación Sukû in Ecuador and the Awajún artisans in Urakusa, Perú in the months to come.
Looking forward to sharing more and doing another fundraiser again, so we can all work together and give in any way we can to people who are eager to share their culture, beauty and world with us, as they protect the lungs of our planet.
In Love of Culture & Planet.
Love & Light ♥