Rainbow PathsHand Made Recycled Paper Long Necklace
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"Art for me today is an instrument of transformation."
"Everything began in Araras, in the interior of Ceará, when I was just ten years old. Raised by my grandparents, who were farmers, I didn't receive any incentive in the arts. But the my creativity was already stimulated because playing where we lived, with few resources, was a constant and continuous creative exercise. I helped on the plantation and with the harvest; I loved it. It was lovely to see the plants grow and pick the fruits that I had planted. I remember that my uncles had a small brickworks where I created pots and animals, among other things I could use in my games, everything made of clay. When I was 12, I learned all the crafts there were. I also loved to attend any cultural manifestation, like puppet shows, circuses and such.
"I don't have any formal formation; I am self-taught, living new experiences together with my friends. Besides this, I always tried to be linked with some artistic movement, because those experiences were so outstanding that they are present in the artist that I am today.
"I began making this type of jewelry in 2000, when I was working as a social worker at shelter with more than 2000 people. They were poor and some were sick, and amongst them was a woman called Isabel. She had some form of mental problem and she spent the day rolling up pieces of paper or whatever else she had in her hand. She kept moving her hands, it was like a tic that she had.
"I wanted to develop a project that would teach them something that could help them earn some money to cover the day. As the government of Rio owned this shelter, there wasn't a budget, so they could not afford expensive tools and materials. When I saw what Isabel was doing, I decided to explore the possibility of creating a variety of items with rolled-up paper. They started by making bowls and curtains, and finally jewelry. I used to make jewelry when I was young and always liked it, so I knew how to go about it.
"This project lasted until 2003, when the shelter closed down, but I kept crafting different objects at my place, with many people from the shelter coming round to do their pieces too.
"I love this type of work for two main reasons: I think that it is fundamental to start recycling stuff, otherwise the world will become more and more polluted. I am happy to contribute by recycling. And the second reason is that this type of work is helping people earning a living. Before, these people usually stayed in the street asking for money, but now they know how to recycle paper and other techniques, so they can go in the street to selling instead of asking for money, and this is a big improvement.
"Today, art for me has a social nature. There is no doubt that it provides me with my sustenance and income, but this is not the main foundation of my art. I work together with communities in need, shelters for street people, non-profit projects and movements. With what I am doing, I believe art is an instrument of transition.
"We work basically with recyclable materials, preserving nature, mobilizing everyone to an exercise in environmental preservation. Novica is a great partner that opens my eyes to new horizons and the possibilities of showing my work to everyone. And, as in my past, I am picking the fruits of a seed planted 31 years ago: the seed of art."
I purchased several of Francis' necklaces--they are beautiful and I love that they are ""green"".
I have anxiously been awaiting the arrival of this necklace! I received it today and was so pleased. It was everything I had hoped for and more. Simply a beautiful necklace.
I ordered the quartz necklace. It was a long wait for delivery - but well worth it. The necklace is gorgeous, elegant. The cylinders are quite beautiful individually and in the way they are combined. I would order 1 of every necklace and bracelet if I could!
Francis, I've received the ""Story of Hope"" necklace and it's gorgeous! It's such a fun addition to my wardrobe and I feel so glamorous wearing it. Your story is an inspiration! I admire your courage and compassion.
I ordered the beautiful recycled magazine bracelet and was happy and amazed by the way it was packaged. I took it to work to show my co-workers and they agreed that it was unusual. Inside the box was a soft, rich red bag tied with a red ribbon. There was a card - the envelope had my name - it was a thank you for my purchase. Also included was a little description of the purchase/artist and that was like a fancy little booklet. And, of course, the bracelet was in the bag and it was even better than I expected. Where else can you get such excellent service? I think this is the only place.
The necklace went way beyond my expectations, I haven't been able to stop wearing it for three days now. It's one of my favorite pieces.
After a long wait, ""Rainbow Paths"" finally arrived and I was impressed! A fine piece of art indeed. A very unique, lovely and Eco-friendly necklace that will add a subtle chic to any outfit. Timeless treasure ......
Tacoma, Washington, USA
I love your rainbow-color necklace. I never like to wear jewelry, this is the first necklace I really feel I WANT TO WEAR. Thank you.
I received my Red Puppet Necklace yesterday. I love him! This is my second piece of jewelry from Francis. Both are very high quality - well made. I will wear them together (both have red paper beads). Francis was the inspiration for paper bead jewelry I made for a Fair Trade organization and for my church auction. I am thrilled now to own some jewelry from Francis. I ""discovered"" Francis in a search of Novica for ""Storyteller"". Check out her gorgeous Storyteller necklace! - one of my Wish List items.
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Dear Francis, I have your delightful fuschia earrings, ""Hope"". They are so much fun to wear --- and hopeful indeed. Thank-you! Best wishes, Kathleen Berthiaume Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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