"I enjoy my work because it's a lovely way to make a living. I give thanks to God for giving me this life, for health, and for blessing my hands with this talent."
"I'm Leonor Quispe Urbano and I was born in Lucanas, in Ayacucho where I grew up. But terrorism was terrible in those parts of the Andes, so we moved to Lima.
"When I was a girl, I loved to make doll clothes. I'd spin wool from our sheep to make tiny dresses and many other things. When I discovered the art of arpillería (patchwork), I realized this was what I'd always wanted to do.
"For as long as I can remember, I've liked to craft things. Besides, necessity forced me to be creative. I realized that I could express my creativity with every scrap of fabric and bring my memories of Ayacucho to life. My work is quite painstaking, but filled with love and the traditions, culture and history of the Peruvian Andes.
"Once I knitted some sweaters and, even though I worked hard and delivered them on time, I was never paid for them. To this day, I haven't received a cent for them, but that experience sowed yet another seed of love for textile arts in my heart. Despite the sacrifices, I continue to create whatever comes to mind.
"I enjoy my work because it's a lovely way to make a living. I give thanks to God for giving me this life, for health, and for blessing my hands with this talent.
"My greatest challenge is to have enough work to send my children to school so that they'll have the ability to defend themselves in life.
"Thank you, Novica, for appreciating our art and exhibiting it to the world. This motivates me to continue working, and to improve every detail of each design."
Leonor Quispe's textile work has been exhibited in a number of Peruvian venues, including the U.S. Embassy.
Diverse scenes representative of the Ayacucho region of Peru comprise this handcrafted retablo, a unique style of Andean folk art. The altar-like composition is divided into several shelves, populated by colorful figures and expressions of native....read more
The birth of Jesus, the Garden of Eden and a Peruvian celebration make this traditional retablo a most engaging mirror frame. Originally intended as an altar piece, retablos traditionally feature biblical passages amids distinct Andean customs,....read more
A cow and donkey gaze curiously at the infant lying in their manger. Unaware, little Jesus sleeps peacefully. Joseph stands watch over his family and Mary gazes at her child with reverence and awe. Alejandro Ramírez portrays the tender scene in a cedar....read more
A sheep, cow and donkey gaze curiously at little Jesus, the infant in their manger. Joseph stands watch over his family and Mary gazes at her child with reverence and awe. The Ramirez Brothers portray the tender scene in a cedar wood relief panel, delicately....read more
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