This is an ongoing series recognizing the finest talent living here in Lake Worth Beach, who are recognized world-wide. Success for these artists* is frequently preceded by passion, commitment and hard work, looking and trying and re-evaluating. Aidana an Argentine comes from a modest background rich, in art and the art of repurposing.Long before some of us knew of ecco ethics. She with her mother, she credits her mother for much of her consciousness. As when they, together at the kitchen table repurposed the pliable milk cartons of Argentina into courier bags, easing the burden of the Buenos Aires women shopping. Her beginning was in Boston for a call to artists, for items made of trash. This was then the beginning of “Trash Fashions” in 2004 . She started small, making small unisex clutches out of Bicycle inner-tubes. Quite in demand now as all the work is currently down in Miami for the Art Basel crowd. Sure to be seen are some of her sold dresses at the opening Galas, and private parties there. All the things she creates are a labor of love, all hand-made and priced accordingly.
Her work has been seen in museum and has been showcased in traveling exhibitions. Also showcased in “Ethical Fashion” in Paris. Most recent boon for her was a contract with Kenneth Cole the designer. (Artists take note here) She sent him a thank you for his purchase of one of her small bags. Did a bit of research and saw he also works with needy communities to better their lives. A win win! She works out of her small 25ft. wide Lake Worth Cottage that houses her studio. So you might see her as the photo below spreading out the banners on a neighbors empty lot.
To her credit she also has this book out. Aidana in her tiny studio space creates items like recycled necklaces, and crochet bathing suits made from discarded hose. I just saw crochet swim suits and cover ups coming into fashion in a big way for 2016 .
Editors note.: most photos are borrowed from fashion shoots.
This is the 7th of this series on Artists in Lake Worth who have a world-wide reputations and happen to be your next door neighbor. They have been so far, in case you’ve missed one Mel and Vinnie, Annette Rawlings, Fred Hunt, Barbara Johanson, Laura Ann Jacob and Steve Horan. What an amazing show of talent.