My name is Soledad Proaño. Sol del Sur means “Southern Sun” in Spanish. My friends call me Sole or Sol, which means “Sun” in Spanish. You can call me either way.
My designs are often triggered by dissimilar things: sound waves and my previous training in acoustical engineering; the visual aesthetics of the Andean cultures in which I was raised; a piece of furniture, a pattern on a tile, a bag, a material combination, or certain craft process I’m curious about. These seemingly contradictory influences mix together with my love for metals, textiles and leatherwork to create unprejudiced, timeless designs.
I craft and design around the materials, finding joy in coming up with new findings from unexpected elements or different uses for it. It is my intent to create objects that carry both simplicity and a strong sense of craftsmanship at the same time.
Sol del Sur is for those who like to look closer, valuing difference and originality over trends. I braid and make everything by hand in Los Angeles, California – but soon from Brooklyn, New York.