Joy visited these craftswomen on two occasions. They all remember what transpired. Additionally, in Artcamp everything is written-down in a ‘Scribe’ hard-cover day-book.
Read the complete Joy-Artcamp and Joy-Paula GMail Conversations and judge yourself.
FOLLOWS THE TEXT THAT JOY MACBRIED WROTE AND PUBLISHED ON THE INTERNET:
“Paula lives in Tecapulco, a village outside of Taxco, Mexico. She lives in a small but well-kept yellow home with bright purple flowers outside. She lives downstairs, and her daughter (and granddaughter!) live upstairs. Their workshop is right next door, where they make beautiful pieces from stone and silver. Paula knows that not many women do the work she does, and she attributes her skills to her father, who taught her silversmithing at a young age. Now, she makes it her goal to teach other women, and make sure that the profitable Mexican silver industry is benefiting women in her town, too. Her granddaughter, Frida, is adorable; running around outside and playing with the dogs and cats– she can be a distraction from their work, but a welcomed one! Paula’s motto: “Everything is possible.”
CONTINUES THE TEXT THAT JOY MACBRIED WROTE AND PUBLISHED ON THE INTERNET:
Berta (pictured second from right) lives in Taxco el Viejo, a village outside of Taxco, Mexico. She lives in a two-room cement home with her husband and 3 children. Years ago, her husband made the journey to the US looking for work, hoping to build a better life for his family. Coming to the US illegally, however, is a very, very dangerous journey, and he was badly injured in the process (before making it to the border). Because of this injury, he’s now completely paralyzed, unable to work, though he guards the community bathrooms during the days. Berta was hit with a hard reality, that she alone would need to provide for her whole family, and without an education. She learned silversmithing from the artisan cooperative, and now has been working with them for 10 years. “Not many women do the work that we do. We support each other so we can all have a better life.” – Berta”
NOBODY WAS CONSULTED REGARDING THE VERACITY OF THE STATEMENT. FOR
EXAMPLE, BERTA IS NOT “WITHOUT AN EDUCATION”, SHE ATTENDED PUBLIC SCHOOL.
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