Monday, March 24, 2008

Arte Sania

(Not real coral)
I've decided to feature a classmate and fellow designer friend of mine. Her name is Laura Cardenas Designer and Art Director of Arte Sania.
Laura and I lived in Quito, Ecuador together and attended the same High School, Academia Cotopaxi.

I recently stumbled across Laura on Facebook a few months ago and learned that she designs beautiful jewelry! Her style reflects the raw beauty I came to adore living in South America. Ecuador is a culturally rich country with a flare all it's own. Laura has managed to capture that unique look, reflecting nature in her wearable compilation of shells, stones and rich textures!

What I love about Laura's designs, is how she takes the raw stone, and keeps it's shape incorporating it into a work of art. Let me give you a sample of what I mean....

These stones were actually little treasures she found washed up on the beach in Ecuador. She picked them up, put them in a jar and kept them for years before she actually decided to incorporate them into beautiful works of wearable art!

Arte Sania recently featured their 2008 Spring collection in the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in L.A.

"Eco-Friendly design has never been more fashionable!"

Laura Also does rings, bracelets and earrings!

They are all original pieces, and hand crafted in Ecuador!

Congratulations Laura on a beautiful collection!

"Que Viva Quito"

Please feel free to visit her site:

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