"How I loved to create new things! My parents were impressed with what I could do – but many times they had to scold me for all the mischief I got into!"
"The place where I was born, the teachings of my father and that of my uncle, and the contact with clients, have brought me many experiences which inspire me to do what I do.
"I was born and raised by loving parents in the department of Petén surrounded by lush vegetation and historical Maya villages. Dad was a welder and I loved watching him work – I could spend hours at his workshop! I was a mischievous little boy, and when no one was around I would sneak into the workshop and play with the metals!
"By the time I was seven years old I was welding simple, basic things. How I loved to create new things! My parents were impressed with what I could do – but many times they had to scold me for all the mischief I got into!
"I started working with dad when I finished elementary school. He taught me everything about welding and little by little I won his trust and he'd let me work on more complicated things.
"When I was 15 years old I was sent to live with my uncle in Belize. He was such an amazing artisan! He taught me how to make things from what he found on the beach: coral, seashells, and more. He taught me how to make sculptures, jewelry and decorative items from them.
"The first sculptures I made were lion and a pipe, and when I finished them my uncle was so impressed that he put them on sale alongside his work. A collector from California bought them – I was so happy! Out of everything on sale, she had chosen my work!
"By the time I was 17 years old I was already designing my own jewelry pieces and when I was 20 my uncle encouraged me to start working on my own. So I began sourcing my own prime materials and began to work. He passed away a few years after that, but I always remember him with much love and gratitude for getting me started and encouraging me to follow a path which now enables me to provide for my family, as well as to provide work for more people.
"I love handicrafts and I love what I do. When I start on a new piece my imagination flies, I visualize the product and I can even go without sleep until I see the finished product.
"My prime material is usually what people don't use, burns or throws away, such as bull horns or cow bones, as well as chapay wood. It's impressive how waste can become a beautiful sculpture or an elegant piece of jewelry.
"My aim is to preserve and make my venture grow so I may continue helping other people in my community, teach others and encourage them to get in touch with their artistic talents.
"I think a lot about today's youth and the impact that handicrafts may have on the ecology, and I believe now is the time to craft products that are eco-friendly.
"I would like to tell Novica customers that it is an honor for me that you chose from my collections, which they are made with love. It fills me with great pride to know that you are interested in my art, it motivates me to continue working and creating. Thank you for being part of my inspiration."
Fulera Seidu creates earrings of rich organic elegance. She carves the ebony wood earrings by hand, featuring cow bone windows. Seidu names her design "Lariba," a name given to a girl born on a Wednesday by the Kusasi people of northern Ghana. The earrings....read more
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