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NOVICA Artisan Rosario Leiva

Rosario Leiva

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I was born in Argentina in 1990, but came to to Guatemala nine years later to live with my mother. My friends call me 'Rous.'

I love creating jewelry with materials that most people would discard. I'm helping the environment and am contributing a little bit to help reduce pollution.

"I recycle materials like CDs. I had many in my house, most of them scratched, but I didn't want to throw them out because they take years to decompose. I looked for a way to transform them into something pretty.

"The CDs can be melted and molded. By by experimenting, I learned to control the temperature, then I add droplets of the acrylic used in stained glass. Although I've established a methodology, the results are always a surprise. Each piece becomes a unique work of eco-art.

"This craft has given me a way to free up my thoughts and feelings so I can express myself spontaneously. Because my jewelry is eco-friendly, I feel good about that I do.

"Let's all take the time to think about the endless opportunities we have to give 'waste' materials another chance."