Mine, Yours, Ours – Scuptural Shelf Handmade In Brazil

by YANKATU Brazil

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A sculptural shelf carved in solid pink jequitiba wood and handwoven with cotton threads that received natural dyeing with bark and leaves collected in the Kaupüna village, of the Mehinaku indigenous people, in Alto Xingu, Mato Grosso, Brazil.

Inspired by the craftsmanship of the Mehinaku people, artist and researcher Maria Fernanda weaves the work with cylinders of pink jequitiba wood in reference to the buriti stalks traditionally used by women in the village with whom she learned the technique.

This is part of Yankatu’s Path collection. To create them Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros researched the Mehinaku people traditions and went through numerous immersions with the local artisans, in the Xingu Indigenous Territory, Mato Grosso, Brazil. center west part of Brazil.

As all the pieces produced by Yankatu, it is accompanied by its soul, a certificate of authenticity in the form of a small book that tells about the inspiration that gave birth to it and leaves blank pages so that its story can continue to be told by those who acquire it, turning it into something more, which does not change with fashion, which does not go by with time. To the contrary, it will move on from a generation to another, from hand to hand, each time with more stories to tell, each time incorporating the lives shared by it.

The wood comes from nature, each one is unique, with its veins, knots and tones. Because it is a natural material it suffers with the climate change, so cracks and shifts in color may emerge over time. The wood can also warp sometimes due to a large variation in relative humidity of the air. This aren’t defects on the contrary, all of this is considered normal.

The work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

Brazilian Contemporary and Collectible Design by Yankatu, design + art with Brazilian soul.

The books, vases and ceramics that appear in the images are not part of the work.

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With a degree in business administration and interior design, Maria Fernanda has worked in the field for over 20 years. She migrated to furniture design in 2014, creating Yankatu, a design studio through which she carries out projects with social impact alongside Brazilian artisans. The encounter with the art world happened naturally in 2020 when the search for the appreciation of Brazilian artisans and their knowledge generates a growing discomfort regarding invisibility and lack of knowledge about the reality of Brazilian cultural traditions. Her work is based on relationships that go beyond the gaze and are established on mutual trust and admiration. Her production spans a long timelessness and also a continuity, resulting from the privilege and fluidity of the otherness of established relationships. It is in the power of art that she finds the way to share her learning, activate the gaze and listening of others, seeking to generate in them the same discomfort she feels and, in this way, encourage them to act. It is through a relational aesthetic that she aims to join forces because the reaction of the other, the spectator, is essential for the realization of her art, which does not end with the created object but rather expands into the immaterial and impalpable field. Her works involves various materials without settling on anyone, despite her familiarity with solid wood. It goes from clay to feathers with the same lightness that conveys strong messages in a poetic way.
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