Jessica Lopez

Jessica Lopez

Filipina Fishbone Artist

Jessica Lopez makes fishbone art, both as jewelry and on canvas. She collects the bones from the market and leaves them in the pond in their house, where their fish clean them. After a week, she collects the bones and cleans and sterilizes them herself. She then places them on a canvas or creates accessories. She’s been creating fishbone art since 2014 and has already opened up workshops to teach other people.

Jessica wants to use her talents to create more and encourage people to follow their dreams and not be discouraged by the challenge of taking up a career in art. She wants to open up the idea that you can do something, especially if you can set your mind to it and work hard for it. Her advice for young girls, especially ones going into her field, is this: “It’s important you learn how to fight for what you want, even if nobody believes in them. You have to be brave.” Above all else, it was this bravery and determination that really helped her soar.

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Jessica Lopez makes fishbone art, both as jewelry and on canvas. She collects the bones from the market and leaves them in the pond in their house, where their fish clean them. After a week, she collects the bones and cleans and sterilizes them herself. She then places them on a canvas or creates accessories. She’s been creating fishbone art since 2014 and has already opened up workshops to teach other people.

Jessica wants to use her talents to create more and encourage people to follow their dreams and not be discouraged by the challenge of taking up a career in art. She wants to open up the idea that you can do something, especially if you can set your mind to it and work hard for it. Her advice for young girls, especially ones going into her field, is this: “It’s important you learn how to fight for what you want, even if nobody believes in them. You have to be brave.” Above all else, it was this bravery and determination that really helped her soar.

To understand the phrase “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is one thing. To actually live it is another. Jessica Lopez embodies creative innovation, using sustainability and resourcefulness. as her inspiration to produce beautiful and striking works of art.

Jessica makes fishbone art, both as jewelry and on canvas. She collects the bones from the market and leaves them in the pond in their house, where their fish clean them. After a week, she collects the bones and cleans and sterilizes them herself. She then places them on a canvas or creates accessories. She’s been creating fishbone art since 2014 and has already opened up workshops to teach other people.

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It’s important you learn how to fight for what you want, even if nobody believes in them. You have to be brave.

One of the most difficult hurdles that Jessica has had to overcome was the initial lack of support from her immediate family. They would tell her that her dream would only give her minimal, unstable income. In addition, her family was concerned about the risk of her not getting anywhere with her art. Her family helped her through difficult times when she was still establishing herself. Even if they didn’t quite understand what she was doing, they still helped her organize and fund her art events and showed support in the ways that they could. Now, they’re more supportive than ever.  

Now, Jessica aims to finish her degree, and eventually teach art. She wants to use her talents to create more and encourage people to follow their dreams and not be discouraged by the challenge of taking up a career in art. She wants to open up the idea that you can do something, especially if you can set your mind to it and work hard for it. Her advice for young girls, especially ones going into her field, is this: “It’s important you learn how to fight for what you want, even if nobody believes in them. You have to be brave.” Above all else, it was this bravery and determination that really helped Jessica soar.