Carmen’s web site: CarmenCreations.com
Carmen de Novais was born and raised in Recife, Brazil. She has studied piano since age 5, and received her Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College in Ohio. She has worked in the Brazilian Amazon documenting the situation of Native peoples and the Amazon Rain Forest. She has traveled extensively throughout South America, collecting exotic instruments and investigating the many idioms of folk music. In Arizona, she formed the Brazilian band Zúm Zúm Zúm and her instruments of choice are the guitar, charango, accordion and the vibraphone. Carmen’s philosophy is based on the need to express and explore our indigenous roots through music, theater, ritual and art, in order to foster multicultural understanding and appreciation, while passing on valuable oral and cultural traditions to future generations.
On her art: Carmen de Novais, founder and jewelry designer, started beading as a little girl in northeastern Brazil. Learning from her grandmother how to perforate and string seeds in the backyard, she delighted in making colorful, simple necklaces to wear and give to friends as gifts. Throughout her life, she has explored this traditional artform, constantly challenging herself to think of new ways and colors.
For Carmen, beading is a form of meditation, and the jewelry a source of empowerment. These designs are imbued with the positive thoughts and deep feelings of traditional harmony. In away, each piece is a prayer for peace, love, harmony, health, beauty, wisdom and wealth both on a personal and global way.
Phoenix Fridas: Rising from the flames for the sake of art and craft.