Then and Now...

 

Metaphorically the journey through New Mexico has always been a demanding one for the traveler, distances great and conditions often extreme and unforgiving. The same can be said of it today as it was when Spanish conquistadors ventured north from Mexico in the mid 16th century. Two generations later Spanish colonists settled alongside Native American neighbors in what is today’s Espanola Valley near present day San Juan Pueblo and began their own endeavor in what has long been a landscape of hope and promise, frequently checkered by cultural struggle. For more than four centuries indigenous, Hispanic, and eventual Anglo cultures met and often collided, leaving behind an unmistakeable mark upon the cultural heritage of the Americas that has filled museum collections with a material legacy as undeniable as the landscape...


Antiquities have been described as the residue of history by some, keys to unlocking secrets of the past by others. Living with historical New Mexican material culture is a profound experience not possible for most of us due to it’s scarcity and the impracticality of collecting in today’s antiquities marketplace. In simple terms; there is not enough of it left and those pieces that remain in private collections are so valued by their owners that a financial obstacle soon becomes apparent. An alternative is the reproduction...


Today as has been true throughout it’s past, New Mexico is enriched by a conspicuously prevalent community of artists & crafts people. In most places it would be impossible to assemble the vast reservoir of dedication, skill and talent that allow a design cooperative like Tres Estrellas to exist but we are here... we do exist and our stories are still being written. We share within ourselves a commonality of purpose and have in many cases dedicated our lives to understanding the mysteries of those who came before us so that we might revive lost skills and reawaken forgotten aesthetics. For us it has become our life’s journey... for you it is an invitation to discovery... take a few steps with us as you explore our website and discover for yourself succinct truths told in wood, wool, iron & clay.  - Thank You