Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lovers Lane

When I was a little girl growing up in Virginia, my parents were friends with a lot of different people in our community. Since my Dad grew up in the same, small town in which we lived, it seemed everyone knew me and my family. But there was one group in particular that I knew my parents were as interested in, inspired by, and Loved, just as much as all the "others" seemed to be by us. They were The Artists! And my Mom was the drawing force in joining this community together. She opened an art gallery, held fundraisers for the arts in our home, and introduced us to artists and their art throughout our childhood.

It was during this time that I distinctly remember one particular artist and his family. His name is Ccopacatty, and his son Aymar became a childhood play mate. Ccopacatty is now known as "the greatest Aymara artist," creating iron sculptures with magnitudes of amazement and distinction! His son Aymar has followed in his father's footsteps; and today, he is an internationally renown artist, with an incredibly important message!

Lovers Lane: Aymar Ccopacatty

Meet my childhood friend and Peruvian-American artist/visionary, Aymar. Aymar collects, spins, knits, and weaves Peruvian and American trash into art, using traditional Aymara techniques. Yes, you read that correctly: Trash! Aymar takes the trash that is polluting our beautiful Mother Earth, and creates masterpieces of art with a message of cultural and environmental awareness. 

Traditional Aymara weaving began thousands of years ago by the indigenous people, living in the Andes Mountains of South America, as a means of survival from the cold climate. They domesticated Llama and Alpaca to create fiber and cloth from their wool. Aymar's Aymara grandmother, Maria, taught him the ancient art of hand weaving; and it has become "the root to (his) creative expression."

Aymar uses the same inspiration of survival in creating his art; only today, it is the survival of our planet Earth. He collects trash from both the USA and Lake Titicaka, Peru, an ancient and ecologically sensitive environment, and recreates it into beautifully woven art, highlighting the majestic colors of his homeland.

Salvaged hand spun and knitted American and Peruvian trash.


Trash Loom Installation

Commissioned piece 

Concrobe and Rubber weaving Installation

Concrobe and Tire Construction

The quote, "One man's trash is another man's treasure," came to my mind when being introduced to Aymar's art; and after conceptualizing and understanding the larger message inherent in his work, I find it more appropriate to say: "One man turning art into trash, is our planet's treasure." Aymar Ccopacatty is an inspiration to us all. I can only imagine how proud his family must be of the man he is today. 

You can see more of Aymar's art, (he is also a painter), on his website and facebook page. Currently, he is in Bolivia setting up a show; and somehow he found the time to answer the Lovers Lane Questionnaire, with the same insight and revelation to his answers, as he does to his art. 

1. Where do you find your daily inspiration? Being or Imagining Lake Titicaka, (Peru); the dark blue of the lake contrasting with the light blue sky, and the far and wide horizon of possibility.

2. What is your most treasured item in your home? My Grandmother's weavings, blankets, and carry bags.

3. What is your favorite comfort food? Quiñua

4. When did you realize that you were an artist? When my parents matted my free child drawings-paintings and put them up for a show for my 4th birthday in Norfolk, Virginia!

5. Best advice you ever received? If your life was a planet, would you see it from the bottom up? Or the top down,? Flat or round?

6. Your best advice to an aspiring artist? No one will come and save you. One must create his/her own opportunities and time management; because artists don't have office hours.

7. What is one thing people would not know about you? I love to surf.

8. Are you a Lover of Vintage? Vintage is from a time when things lasted; that's why you can still find these things. It holds a hope that someday we can make less and last more; which ultimately gives us a better life. Vintage is Recycling Quality!

9. Where can we find you next? (Blog Lovers get attached easily) Aymart and Ragged Cloth Cafe

10. What is your favorite thing to wear? Alpaca


  1. How incredible, thanks for sharing, he's so inspiring!! xoxo

  2. i love the posts of your super talented friends!! he's so talented!

  3. oh my goodness... his stuff is gorgeous!

  4. Aymar's work is phenomenal, and your childhood sounds so sweet and blessed. I've always longed to be in a community where people really knew each other.


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