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CARMELITA

From: Coeur d’ Alene

How long have you been doing your art/craft? 15 years

What is your specialty? I design and craft gourds into works of art. Gourds are woodburned, stained or dyed, and carved.

Awards, recognitions or publications? My gourd was on the cover of the tipster once.

DARRELL

From: Coeur d’ Alene

How long have you been doing your art/craft? 14-15 years

What is your specialty? I like to make jewelry from argentium sterling silver.  I do overlay pieces (pendants, earrings, bracelets, bolo ties, belt buckels, etc.).  I like to make chain maille pieces (necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc.). I make silver bead necklaces and I do some chasing and repousse work.

Carmelita puts her stories onto gourds and Darrell weaves them into silver jewelry.

Decorated gourds go back for thousands of years in Peru. Carmelita uses traditional techniques like burning and carving. She also inlays materials like InLace® turquoise and adds objects such as beads. Every gourd comes with nature’s guarantee of originality. No two gourds are ever alike.

Darrell says he started making jewelry because he “married a lady whose family were rockhounds.” “I started cutting the gemstones we found,” he says. “Then, I needed to make settings for the stones.” He also ventured into the world of hand-crafted chains, a craft that combines the metal-working skills of medieval armor-makers with the textile techniques of weavers and lace-makers.

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