In November 2017, after hurricane Maria passed through Puerto Rico Starbucks Puerto Rico launch an announcement for artisans to participate in the camping "Comparte lo bueno" where we have to prepare the Christmas decoration for the Starbucks stores in Puerto Rico. The decorations consists in a Christmas tree, garland and wreath with made with debris that hurricane Maria left. Each set must have a story behind it.
- I decided to participated and submitted a design that captures what impacted me the most after this hurricane, almost category 5 passed and affected Puerto Rico. It was how the flora of the island was severely damage with the wind, specially un the east part of the island where I lived. Also represent the poise part of it that is the recovering process of the nature. Every tree in Puerto Rico was left without leaves and it took a few weeks for the leaves to start growing back again, for some trees.
The branches of the tree are made with pine tree collected from a street of Humacao. The tree trunk is made with mahogany wood collected from Gurabo and Humacao, and the dry branches in the upper part are from bottle brush and ucar trees. All the leaves and flowers are made of recycled paper hand painted with acrylic. Two of the wreath are made with mahogany roots and one with pine flexible branches. The garland are small pieces cut from branches of mahogany, pine and ucar trees.