Jessica VelascoFashion Designer
Velasco’s brand identity arose from a dream and the aspiration of being able to represent and share her roots and the culture countries.
Through modern, unique and colorful clothing designs, each piece combines different colors, textiles, and textures. Her avant-garde designs carry on the essence of ancestral culture and craftsmanship from several Latin American countries.
Velasco values the time artisans dedicated to each piece and the cultural value that is represented on them.
Jhovanna CrespoJewelry Designer
Humankind has been implementing natural mineral objects and animals as a personal ornament to reinforce his image and personality.
In Ecuador, the Spondylus (spiny oyster) shell is considered as a sacred mollusk ever since ancient pre-Columbian civilization. Inspired by its beauty, Jhovanna roots Spondylus shell into her design aesthetic. Using the shell as a core material, she developed an emotional attachment and named her Gallery after it. Her designs and craftsmanship working with legitimate stones and minerals lead her to participate in recognized Arts Festivals and jewelry exhibitions, nationally and internationally.
Currently, her pieces have been exhibited at art Galleries in Canada, France, Brussels and soon in the United States.
Paola PesantezFashion Designer
Pesantez is an emerging textile and fashion designer based in Cuenca, Ecuador. Her vision of fashion is focused on the rescue of cultural heritage. Inspired by embroidered motifs on the traditional clothing of the indigenous women from the Ecuadorian Andean region, Paola creates unique prints and patterns.
She uses design as a tool to develop ready-to-wear collections that aim to transmit and promote a part of Ecuadorian cultural identity to the society.
Juan Fernando HidalgoArchitect and Furniture Designer
Hidalgo is an Ecuadorian architect, with a Master’s degree in eco-sustainability, and is expecting a Ph.D. in technological innovation.
In 2006, his thesis was to developed sustainable materials from the Totora plant grows in lakes and wetlands and has traditionally been used for the production of woven products. However, in the Uros Islands, located on Lake Titicaca, Peru, the communities use it for the construction of rafts, houses, floating islands and various utensils for more than 500 years.
Hidalgo’s works were exhibited in museums, galleries and design conferences from around the world from France, Belgium, Germany, to cities like Prague and Shanghai. His works are also recognized by the UNESCO for its excellence and its contribution to craftsmanship.
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