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KENS­ING­TON artist An­drea Osses says her spirit breathes through her South Amer­i­can roots and ev­ery piece she cre­ates car­ries a mean­ing and a story.

Osses, a jew­ellery de­signer of Chilean ori­gin, is pre­sent­ing work that re­flects her tra­di­tional cul­ture and con­nec­tion to Aus­tralia at the Wear, Ware, Where group ex­hi­bi­tion in Fre­man­tle this month.

Osses stud­ied jew­ellery de­sign in Chile and spe­cialised in in­dige­nous and cul­tural jew­ellery de­sign.

She said her work was in­flu­enced by the in­dige­nous Ma­puche cul­ture in Chile. She trav­elled through the moun­tain ranges be­tween Chile and Ar­gentina re­search­ing the Ma­puche ar­ti­san tech­niques and learn­ing from Ma­puche el­ders.

“My pieces are dif­fer­ent, they are tra­di­tion­ally hand­made and have the essence of the artist em­bed­ded in them,” she said. “I don’t have a lot of mod­ern equip­ment to make my pieces per­fect, but it’s not about that for me.

“I melt my own met­als from re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als. I used cop­per from an air­con­di­tioner, in­stead of throw­ing it out. My spirit still breathes through my South Amer­i­can roots.

“Ev­ery piece car­ries a story, along with the strength and con­vic­tion in all of us.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

An­drea Osses mod­els some of her jew­ellery.

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