AC origins: Olga's merchandise for her stand at the marketplace when AC first began working with her family in 2008.
As I have been watching Andean Collection grow over the past few years, I am struck by the unique combination of hard work and creative fervor with which all the women involved in AC approach their work. This pulsing creativity isn't just the new sustainable business approach or a keen ability to continue expanding an eco-fashion jewelry company with an ethical model, which they do very well. In addition, there is also a very genuine artistry shared by every woman who works in New York and every artisan in Ecuador, which adds another important layer to the cross-cultural interactions that produce such stunning pieces of jewelry.
As a kid Amanda loved to make jewelry, and my similar history inventing bead creations contributed to my exhilaration with the new materials used and the sheer fun it was to arrange such vibrant beads in new ways with the artisans. This pattern of invention continues and evolves every time the team makes a trip to Ecuador. Jess dives headfirst into the design process, sharing notes and ideas and adapting models to make them a reality. Bria can tell you about the entire spectrum of colors chosen for each season's palette and how they interact, speak, and assert themselves. Luz has creative solutions ever-ready for flawless artistic implementation.
This expressive aspect of the company has not been showcased in great detail, yet it deserves mention. Not only is AC fashion-forward, eco-friendly, and ethical, but a shared creative drive amongst the AC team adds a dimension of deep appreciation for the craftsmanship in beading and a connection to this historic talent. This conviction unites our artisans and our New York team of women who not only recognize the tradition and beauty in what the artisans produce, but also participate in the creation process with enthusiasm.
I dedicate our 100th post to you all, our readers; thanks for staying with us as we continue our creative journey!