Solano, Marlon Obando

Jewelry - Naturaleza Jewelry: all-natural, handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry

A wide variety of materials found in their natural environment are transformed into wearable art. Every piece is an orignal design, handmade with sustainably collected natural materials. Naturaleza Jewelry has a direct connection with the earth and with its origin. Every seed, stone, and piece of wood is collected from the forest floor with great care and you can know the origin of your jewelry. Our committment to environmental stewardship includes increasing a sense of connectedness to the places that bring us nature's wonders.

I was raised in San Lorenzo, Nicaragua, where I grew up working on a small farm, raising livestock and basic grains. There I learned about different varieties of nuts, seeds, and woods, and discovered beauty in the details of nature. I have been creating jewelry for many years using natural materials that I collect in the forest. As a trained archaeologist, I gained a deeper appreciation for the ancestral and cultural uses of seeds and nuts for jewelry and adornment. Now my work reflects my cultural heritage and nature, while experimenting with new elements of design and innovative use of natural materials.

My artistic process begins in the forest, where I collect all of my materials myself. All of the materials I collect are dried, cleaned and cured, and then carved, sanded, or inlayed to create one-of-a-kind necklaces, earrings, and rings. I am inspired by the natural patterns and textures that I discover in the materials. No two pieces are exactly alike. “Naturaleza al descubierto” means “nature discovered” to represent my inspiration and commitment to sustainability.

I moved from Nicaragua to Kentucky in 2005 with my wife Amy to pursue my career as an artist. Amy and I work together to bring Naturaleza al Descubierto to local galleries, art shows, and ETSY.

I am a member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and the Louisville Artisans Guild. I am also a musician and social justice activist.

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