Marie used to sew for her livelihood, but had to stop due to eye problems. She has now started work with papier mâché and is happy to be creating art again as a member of the Dam Dam Cooperative.
The group was created to help members rebuild their lives post-earthquake through creative use of recycled materials.
Members of Dam Dam live in the area that was hardest hit by the 2010 earthquake and art has become essential to their survival and success. Their papier mâché and mixed-media pieces are both functional and decorative, transforming what would have otherwise been waste into art.
Text from International Folk Art Alliance
(Image) The artist Marie Islande and Laurie Ahner at Santa Fe Folk Art Market, July 2014