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Art That Moves With You
Gato Montes is a collective consortium of sun darkened artists and dreamers, well worn boots accustomed to the long miles of travel and life on the road. We are a representation and homage to the international movement of Artesanos, wandering the fog capped peaks of discovery, exploration and creation. We are passionate makers of handcrafted goods in predominantly leather, but also silver and stone. We as a collective seek to end the mass consumerism of the global marketplace by creating beautiful, ancestral works that are built to last into the next generation. It is our sincere desire to spread the techniques of our trade and open dialogue as often as possible around social justice and intersectionality in our daily lives as individuals as well as while at festivals. We got our start years ago, riding bicycles through Latin America, hitch hiking in the Himalayas, living on the beach and partaking in the beautiful experience that is to learn to make things and sell them to put food in your mouth! Life is meant to be enjoyed and shared in community, which is perhaps the most integral aspect of our personhood, we are seekers of community, community in our trades, community in our art, community in our daily lives. It is in this way that we are able to forge together our passions of art and social justice into a viable lifestyle that not only sustains us, but also helps create the change we strive to be.
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