Zulay Herrera Nakamura
Handmade Paper and Mixed Media Artist
My work is centered around handmade paper, which has been my specialty for many years. However, I also do watercolor, oil paintings, graphic arts, various crafts, paper-made sculptures, bookmaking, and jewelry making. I love making paper, as I am keen on the importance of recycling—reviving something that to the eyes of many is already dead. I also find ecology and nature so captivating. Ripping, transforming, pasting, cutting, constructing all blend into a language of my own, giving me the necessary tools to express myself. Creating is my mission, through which I give warmth, hope, and happiness—my way of inspiring jubilation in my environment.
The O Bracelet Project: I was very attracted to the purpose of this project and its cause. It's a beautiful opportunity to be able to help other women. All human beings have value and potential. All we need sometimes is a little push, some support from others. I feel very honored to learn something new while supporting other women—not just with my heart and attitude, but also with my hands.