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Maria Valdizan

The Secret of Amazonas

Maria Valdizan

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2010 featuring Pearls, Organic Beads or Kato Polyclay™

Finalist

Pisces
Meet the Designer-Artist


Where do you live?
Naperville, Illinois

Describe your artistic style.
Modern and spontaneous.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
All of my life I have loved art. My feelings and personality are reflected in the colors, textures and variety of materials I use. My creations are characterized by the wide palette of colors in them. My objective is to show meaning in each piece I create, and for each person who chooses my artistic products to feel like they were designed especially for them.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
I use wires, usually color copper wires. I use different techniques with crochet hooks and wires of different gauges and colors. The beads I use are pieces I made in polymer clay.

Why did you become enchanted with this style of jewelry-making?
I work to make wearable art pieces. I try to design a unique piece to wear in different styles and days during our lives.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
The Secret of Amazonas

What inspired this design?
I designed this piece inspired by the Amazonian of Peru. The necklace showing in detail, huayruro a representative seed of the Amazonian in Peru. It is a symbol of fertility and abundance. The fertility is represented by two huayruros seeds protected inside the glass bead cover and around by leaves knitted crochet in green copper wire. And the tiny huayruros that are around the beautiful orange stone protects from all negative energy. This knitted piece I designed is the Spirit of all the Green forest and the beautiful Amazonas.

How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
When I made this piece I was thinking in the mystery of the jungle of my country. The people of the amazons love the huayruros, they think if you put two of them together, they will have baby huayruros seeds. The idea of the fertility is my passion! Creation is life for me! It’s because that I put two huayruros together and covered with a glass then crocheted around it like a protection for the Secret of the Amazonas.

Share Your Background


When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
When I was about 15 years old I remember seeing a beaded belt at a store and thinking, this must be so easy to create! When I returned back home that day, I tried to create a similar one with wire paper clips and pony tail beads. A few days later, my aunt taught me how to create special beads with cold ceramic. I was so excited to finally see my project come true!

Who introduced you to beading?
My aunt Gloria, who is a jewelry maker in Peru.

Do you have an artistic background?
Yes, my whole life has been motivated by art. Since I was 12 years old I have been involved in the arts by initiating studies in cold ceramic and then teaching children. I studied in the Museum of Art in Lima when I was 18 years old. I also studied at the Latin American School of Arts. In both schools I studied painting and sculpture. I studied Graphic Design and Web Design in Abaco Institute of Lima, Peru. Later I studied in the Peruvian Institute of Art and Jewelry in Lima, Peru. I was rewarded a scholarship through participation in a contest. As a result, I studied Education of Arts and Crafts at Maria Auxiliadora Institute of Arts in Peru. When I was 26 years old I studied Candles and Soap Design in Emporio das Velas in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Then I took a course in SDU (Scrapbooking Design University) in Puerto Rico. I studied Peruvian Stitch Crochet in Escultorica Lima, Peru. I took a course of Silver Clay in Gallery’s Choice Downers Grove, Illinois. I am currently doing research to perfect techniques in jewelry and polymer clay including Canes Landscapes Technique, and knitting crochet in sterling silver and colored copper wire.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
My silver clay instructor recommended your web site for shopping for jewelry supplies. I usually shop for them at the Gallery's Choice store in Naperville, Illinois.

What other hobbies do you have?
I love going to museums.

Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
I belong to the C.E.O.P. Maria Auxiliadora (group of artisans in Lima, Peru)

Beading Success


What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Jewelry is my life nowadays. I'm always looking for new designs in my mind, full-time. I see jewelry as a way of sharing a little part of myself with others. I love each piece I make because they are all special to me in their own unique way.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I am a member of the Naperville Art League and I sell my pieces in the Gallery sometimes I sale in Etsy and in local Arts and craft fairs.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
Never had the chance to participate in charity fundraisers, but I'd love to! Actually, please let me know if you know of any and I'll be glad to sign up.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Everything in our lives should be fun and enjoyable, especially work. Try to enjoy every second of your work in jewelry-making. If you create a piece that ends up not looking as expected, don't get depressed, just get rid of that piece and forget about it. Then re-start from scratch and come up with some other beautiful design that really reflects your work. It is never too late for starting an amazing creation! Enjoy it when you make it.

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