I come from a village in Guatemala situated on a lake where the sun sets behind three volcanos. We work the land by hand providing all we need to live. Everyone is hard working. As a child, I always wanted to do handcrafted work. When they told me it was a waste of time I never listened. Those same people now see value in the work I produce because it brings honor to the region where I was born. My love for nature and my home inspire the materials I use and the panoramas I create. Every beaded piece of art starts as a drawing. The bigger pieces carry more than 27,000 beads. When my daughter was born my life was changed. Her name is Ixmukane which was the name given to the first lady in the Mayan World. Ix means ‘the very beginning.’ She represents the beginning of a new life for me and therefore I chose this name to also represent my work as each piece is different from the previous and is symbolic of a new beginning.
Aaron Brand Design
Jill Van Sickle
Jennifer Chilstrom and Hannah Albert
52 Inspired People Project
Fourever West Ethan Arnold