Heritage artist and Fijian participant at the 2018 Melanesian Arts and Cultural Festival, Sereana Naulivou has commended the Fijian Government for giving her the opportunity to showcase her products in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
Naulivou is one of the five heritage artists who is showcasing her products made from recycled paper at the 2018 MACFEST.
“I am grateful to the Fijian Government and the Fiji Arts Council for giving me the opportunity to showcase my products here,” Naulivou said.
“I initially began my work with jewellery four years ago using bamboo and then moving onto recycled paper.”
She added that her use of recycled paper for making jewellery was one of the ways to contribute towards environment conservation and sustainability.
“I feel that is important because our Prime Minister is also the COP23 President and this is one way I can contribute to saving the environment,” Naulivou said.
The former journalist added that it was her sister in law that introduced her to paper jewellery through the internet.
“Paper jewellery is not a new concept as I have learnt. I also teach women in the villages how to make jewellery out of paper.”
Naulivou had earrings and necklaces on display at the Fiji booth at the festival village in Honiara.