Andrea Barrail Art Jewelry was born from the thought that Paraguayan culture was being overlooked. With the idea of showing the world different aspects of Paraguayan traditions through art, Andrea created the first collection based on indigenous wooden tattoos fused with contemporary art. The whole concept of the brand is to create consciousness of art in third world countries.
Jewelry is not a major industry in Paraguay, yet the designer found a "pot of gold" while working with the artisans. "Their talent is impeccable and a secret to most people since no one gives them the acknowledgment they deserve. My goal is to make Paraguay a well known location for jewelry art in the world"- says the designer.
Her art is divided into collections with different meanings.
The first collection, Ambüe, is about change. Her inspiration came at a difficult time for her where, like in many people's lives, she was going through a great deal of change and growth. The word "Ambüe" means "to be transformed" in her home town's indigenous language, Guarani.
She chose the butterfly as her main design because the butterfly is a perfect example of how major change can signify unexpected beauty.
Two important factors of inspiration for her were, her father's modern designs, and the traditional tattoos found in Guarani indigenous art. She found a way to fuse both aspects and create the sculpture pieces she has presented all over the world.
Currently Andrea is in the midst of creating her fourth collection.
Part of Artistar Jewels during Milan Fashion Week.
Invited to take part of the International Biennial of Asunción.
Andrea Barrail Fine Jewelry makes its debut with Ambüe in Paraguay at the Museo de la Silla.
With 24 years of age, Andrea Barrail made her first appearance at Design Miami with Cristina Grajales Gallery from New York on December 2016.
Her collection Ambüe made a debut next to the inspiration for her jewelery line; her father architect and designer Pedro Barrail who was showing once again his modern furniture hand tattooed by Paraguayan tribe Pai Tavytera.
A clash between the luxurious and the common, mixing 18k gold with traditional humble lifestyles, this collection is how she chose to Represent Paraguay.
These "bugs", as she calls them, are a metaphor of transformation and adaptation, of change for the body and soul. As hard as it may be, it is what makes us beautiful and perfect in our own bizarre way.
Keeping the traditional Paraguayan craftsmanship known as "filigree", Andrea chose to keep working with thin strand-like rods, but in this case as separate as possible as opposed to the traditional as close as possible.
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GIA GRADUATE GEMOLOGIST
Andrea graduated as a gemologist at GIA New York on December 2016.
Andrea completed the Jewelry Designer certification at IED in Barcelona.