Cositas/ Cositas

“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.

Cositas

Cuando Victoria se encontraba viajando por Chile, a principios del 2016, visitó muchas tiendas donde vendían artesanías tradicionales chilenas. Se enamoró de una colección de pequeños objetos tejidos (la mayoría joyas y figuritas) hechos de Crin de caballo. Como nunca antes las había visto, Victoria se sorprendió de encontrar en Melbourne a una joven sentada detrás de un canasto vendiendo piezas de Crin. Victoria le comentó lo mucho que le gustaba su trabajo y que ella era una joyera que tenía un estudio  cerca  que Josefina podía visitar  cuando quisiera. Josefina era una turista chilena que vendía piezas artesanales en todas partes para financiar su viaje. Había aprendido a hacer artesanías en el pueblo lejano de Rari en Chile. Unos días más tarde , durante esa semana, Josefina visitó a Victoria con su caja de provisiones y le enseñó a tejer aretes.  Al parecer, la tarde después de que se conocieron, un representante del ayuntamiento retiró a Josefina del lugar donde vendía debido a que carecía de un permiso.