I was introduced to the macrame and silver jewelry of Coco Paniora Salinas doing the Chase Show in August, 2012. He and his wife Melanie Vento have a business called Rumi Sumaq(which means “beautiful stones” in Quechua). Coco begins with a stone or fossil or shell from his native land of Peru that inspires him and builds a piece around it.
If you grew up in North America in 1970’s, there’s a chance you associate macrame with plant holders and owls(which my sister may or may not have made in orange), and I remember wondering how knots could be transformed from something in my shoelace or at the end of a threaded needle into structures. Coco has his own take on the classic owl with his wonderful earrings.
And to get my artistic sense tingling even more, the jazz musician Esperanza Spalding is a fan, and has worn Coco’s work in concert and featured him on her Esperanza Spalding Style Blog. Esperanza first saw Coco’s designs at the Three Rivers Arts festival in June, where she was performing and he was exhibiting. She was drawn to Coco’s use of stones, seeds, shells, fiber and other natural elements.
Take a jazz break and listen to Esperanza’s joyful version of What a Wonderful World:
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