Hola! My name is Sarah Victoria Chamorro, and I am the founder and creative force behind Bayou Brass. I live in New Orleans, L.A. with my best friend and my very rambunctious St.Bernard-Boxer Mix, Tor.
I'm first generation Honduran-American whose parents immigrated to New Orleans in the 80's. Thanks to them hard work comes very easy to me, and for that I’m especially grateful. Before Hurricane Katrina my dad would spend hoursss in the backyard cutting wood and constructing things. He was a carpenter and as a little girl seeing him make these beautiful things from scratch with his bare hands always fascinated me. I loved to get my hands dirty when helping him create things and to this day I still do.
I founded Bayou Brass in March of 2015. It started with beading, then wire wrapping, and now Metalsmithing. I'm 100% self-taught and still learning. I'm whole-heartedly in love with what I do, working with my hands creatively and expressing my self through art and metals.
When you buy Bayou Brass, you’re buying handmade jewelry forged in a small home studio here in New Orleans. All stones and metals are ethically sourced and bought from small and local businesses.
Each of my pieces are made with intention and to be cherished for lifetimes beyond your own. My heart is set on my pieces being worn in the truest expression of one’s self, with intention and care. There’s a lot of Honduran and African symbolism in my work and some Mayan typology thrown in there. It sort of just happened that way and I stuck with it. All of the designs you see at Bayou Brass are all original and created, etched and stamped by free hand.
When you buy handmade not only are you supporting a small business, an economy, and a family, but you're also buying a one of a kind piece of art that is as resilient and beautiful as the city it was made in. ⚜