“She rounded the corner to find a temporary trader with a table of Crin. Tomorrow the council would move her on, but today they swapped details”

In 2016, when Victoria was travelling through Chile, she visited a lot of ‘artesanias’ – shops that sold traditional Chilean crafts. She particularly adored a woven collection of small objects – mostly jewellery & figurines – called ‘Crin de Caballo’ (which translates to ‘horsehair’, which the objects are made of) Having never seen them before, she was surprised to round a corner in Melbourne to see a young woman crouching down behind a table made of milk-crates, selling her handmade Crin pieces. Victoria told her how much she loved what she was making and that she was a jeweller with a studio nearby that Josefina could visit if she would like to. Josefina was a Chilean tourist, selling handmade pieces wherever she could in order to fund her trip. She had learnt the traditional craft in the tucked away village of Rari, Chile. Later in the week Josefina visited with her box of supplies & taught Victoria how to make the woven earrings she loved so much. Apparently on the afternoon after they met, a council rep moved Josefina on due to the lack of a permit.

‘Cositas’ is a Spanish word used to describe something small and precious.