Andrea Jose’s design identity is inspired by the history, culture and textiles of Peru, in particular the “Lliclla” a cloth wrapping worn by women for millennia. The ‘Wrapped, J’arapay’ collection challenges the current values of consumption and production of jewellery by uniting the values of heritage, longevity and virtuosity in craftsmanship. A system of collaborative working wove the thread that connects the forms for this collection. Each piece is the result of a dialogue between two women, Andrea Jose and local metalsmith Karent Salinas.
Wrapping together natural forms from Peru, Andrea Jose embraces the jewellery techniques used by the Pre-columbian civilisations of ancient Peru. Fusing them with contemporary digital technologies she develops patterns and textures that reflect a genuine multi-faceted craftsmanship and a particular tactility to the pieces. To tackle the issue of industrilisaiton and digitalisation for craft communities is what Andrea pursues through this making process. What is handmade looks industrial and what is industrial looks handmade.
The natural alloys of Peruvian gold and silver gift a rich and unusual tonal range. Using a regenerative perspective, the gold has been ‘slow-mined’ using responsible practices through a partnership with Don Pedro, a miner from Peru’s Amazonian region.
Recognising the value of heritage the collection draws upon, a percentage of profit from the gold pieces will contribute to continue the reforestation of the Amazon Rainforest in Don Pedro’s mining concession as well as to sustain training in mercury-free practices for local miners in collaboration with ‘Pure Earth’ a New York based NGO.