“I am Leonor Martinez. I was born in the historical capital of Cusco, formerly the capital of the Inca Empire. It was one of the most important cities of the Viceroyalty of Peru; and in the hands of the Spanish, it was adorned with churches, palaces and Baroque and neoclassical squares. It is beautiful everywhere you look.
“I am a very sociable woman, and a cheerful and positive worker. I trust that tomorrow always brings us new opportunities to be able to move forward.
“Like everyone, I had very difficult times as a child. I did not grow up with my biological parents, but a warm and loving family welcomed me into their home and made me part of it. Thanks to them I was able to grow and not feel any emptiness. On the contrary, I think for some reason God put these good human beings in my way, so we could overcome adversities together.
“Since I was little I was always curious and always ready to learn. I consider myself self-taught par excellence. Everything I learned has been by watching and observing everything that other artisans did. I was aware of every detail, and when I arrived home I tried to imitate and improve, doing my own version of each job.
“For me, knitting and embroidery is an art that is in the blood; it requires a lot of patience, good humor and dedication. This craft drives my creativity and leads me to develop more and more things. I have fun and I love it--there is nothing like doing something with passion and love. I dream of progressing as an artisan, teaching other people in my community and all those who want to learn how to knit--the doors of my home are always open. This art encourages me to develop the most difficult aspect of creation; to create physically what was previously only in my head. That fascinates me.
“My great inspirations are my village, the people, the customs and the traditions. The places that surround me fill me with happiness, so that I can take my art further and further. I am thankful to Novica, that gives me the opportunity to grow and cross borders, sharing my art with the world. I am very happy to be part of this great family.”