Tanya Herrera

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I am a 34 yr old first generation Costa Rican American, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have made art for as long as I can remember and was the only career I wanted to pursue when I was a child. As I grew older I kept dabbling more and more in modern art techniques after having tried traditional mediums throughout middle school, high school and into college, I was constantly asking myself "what else is there". At the age of 25, I finally found pyrography by trying to make the impression of a stencil on a piece of wood in a unconventional medium.

In an age where 3D printing and laser cutting is prolific, I see more personality in making art by hand. In contrast the San Francisco Bay Area where I grew up and Costa Rica the country which my parents were raised in, have become havens and prolific in the most modern technology in the world.

I have chosen to keep alive antiqued techniques by recreating them for a modern age in my own way. I could just be making things harder on myself by doing everything by hand but it's hard to argue when the results are one of a kind pieces that have true depth and character built into every detail of every millimeter of work.

Wood, leather and bone burning are not new techniques by any means, but with my upbringing and unique set of talents inherited from my family, I have tried to reflect the rarity that is me into every piece I create.