Julie Wolfe - AIE Cultural Exchange - Quito, Ecuador.

The designer and artist Julie Wolfe visited Ecuador from September 19-27, 2011. During her tour she had the opportunity to share her knowledge and methodologies with artisans in the Ecuadorian Amazon. A group of 15 women participated in a workshop to improve their designs and techniques of jewelry for sale to tourists. This event was made possible by a collaboration with the Foundation DISMOD Sinchi Sacha, and the Fashion Institute of Design and has the support of the Embassy of the United States of America. Ms. Wolfe spent five days with artisans in the Amazon and the program culminated with the socialization of the results of the workshops. The presentation of the processes learned were shown at an event with artists, designers and craftsmen. Another event showcasing the results of the workshop were held at the Museum of Quito Mindalae on September 27, 2011.

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0:03 ANCHOR: (Speaking Spanish)
0:28 VOICEOVER: (Speaking Spanish)
0:52 WOLFE: I decided it would be interesting to do my metal work as far as showing other people how to
1:12 do it in some region where they don’t do metal work yet or they don’t have access
1:17 to it.
1:18 VOICEOVER: (Speaking Spanish)
1:19 VILLEGAS: (Speaking Spanish)
1:21 VOICEOVER: (Speaking Spanish)
1:22 WOLFE: My purpose, well the purpose of the whole thing was to learn from
1:40 them and for them
2:02 to learn from me. And then plant the seed for both countries to continue on these techniques
2:14 and collaboration. So that was my expectation, that
3:09 was my goal.
3:10 VOICEOVER: (Speaking Spanish)
3:12 BUCHELL: (Speaking Spanish)
3:13 VOICEOVER: (Speaking Spanish)
3:15 WOLFE: It’s beautiful and one thing I noticed in the beginning on the first day was the
3:21 variety of styles that each person worked in that was there were no two styles alike.
3:28 Each one had their own design technique and materials they worked with, everything was
3:37 different so it was fun to see the ideas that they came up with as it progressed.
3:56 VOICEOVER: (Speaking Spanish)
4:10 VILLEGAS: (Speaking Spanish)
4:25 VOICEOVER: (Speaking Spanish)
4:40 WATATOCA: (Speaking Spanish)
4:54 VOICEOVER: (Speaking Spanish)