Joan Charalla is a Saskatoon-based artisan who was born in the small Quechua village of Acos, Peru. His work is significantly influenced by his culture, which prides itself on creating beauty through weaving intricate designs. Joan’s principal technique is “filigrana,” a traditional form of jewellery making that involves twisting, bending, and braiding metal wire. His work largely features sterling silver wire and semi-precious stones, but a variety of other metals and secondary materials fill his workshop as well. Though Joan’s principal technique was learned informally, he also draws on experience gained through formal jewellery design studies in Argentina. He is currently designing and creating art as the owner and sole artisan of “Acos Handcrafted Jewellery”.