Threads of Peru Blog

Threads of Peru Welcomes Lydia Estes!

A student of Art History and Spanish, my life has always been shaped by art; the great-granddaughter of a painter, granddaughter of a cellist, and daughter of an interior designer, I was raised to value and support art of all kinds.

My mom in particular has provided me with a unique education which has taught me to love quality design paired with quality craftsmanship. Watching her work on a project for a client, I realized a space can tell a story and sometimes just a pillow can write the perfect ending. 

 Lydia Estes volunteer Threads of Peru

Although I am spending all year off campus, I am completing my junior year at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina! I am currently between semesters abroad and accompanying my studies with an independent research project centered upon the role of art in the South American feminist movements.

Growing up around strong and creative women partly influenced my enthusiasm about all things female empowerment, bridging cultures through art, and sustainable and fair-trade fashion, as well. When I learned about Threads of Peru, I was convinced it perfectly blended my focuses and would provide a distinct perspective on the topic compared to what I’ve found so far in the Southern Cone. 

My travels have already taken me to Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil; now based in Peru, I will split my time talking with artists and volunteering for Threads of Peru as the Communications and Marketing intern. I am excited to volunteer for an organization like Threads of Peru, because long-term I see myself working abroad for a non-profit—plus who doesn’t love working with beautiful, handmade textiles?