Marlon Obando Solano
I create one-of-a-kind jewelry using natural materials. I am from rural San Lorenzo, Nicaragua, where exploring the surrounding forest and mountains I learned about different varieties of nuts, seeds, and woods, and discovered the beauty of nature’s detail. My artistic process begins by collecting seeds and fallen wood from the forest floor. I dry, clean and cure, carve, sand, and inlay to create one-of-a-kind necklaces, earrings, and rings. I incorporate sterling silver inlay into many of my pieces, using ancient symbols and Mayan numerology. My work reflects nature and my cultural heritage, while experimenting with new elements of design and the innovative use of natural materials. I make my jewelry from my new home in Louisville, Kentucky.