Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Latina Flavor...serious jewelry artists here!
There is something so amazing to me about art jewelry. It's creator perhaps is more concerned with form, craft and expression rather than the ability for the piece of jewelry to go well with a T shirt and pair of jeans. Lately I have been scouting the web specifically for Latina jewelry designers who bring that special touch that is so us..whether it is vibrant colors, jewelry with deep cultural and spiritual ties, that extra sazon! follow me and take a look at some of these sisters pieces....hips, curves, cultura, in every piece I see here.
Loella Medina @ loellamedina.blogspot.com Loella Medina was introduced to the world of jewelry making by her father who was a civil engineer in their homeland of the Dominican Republic. She now lives in New York City. Her work is inspired by both her tropical cultural background and the urban edge which this city brings to so many artists here. This designer is not afraid to use color in her pieces which remind me of mangos, guayabas, pineapples and bananas...yummmm, She also lays down some serious wire work and uses beautiful semi precious stones in her pieces. All her work is handmade personally.
winkartisans.etsy.com...based in California by Marisol Apostol, very Mexican inspired and colorful. Many of her creations have a hint of the saints or santos in the designs. Her handmade metal jewelry pendants in celebration of the Day of the Dead are both feminine and in your face....very cool.
and finally, my personal "shero" of the moment Lorena Angulo of pueblofolkart.etsy.com
This Mexican folk artist is based in Texas and she received her certification with Rio Grande as an Artisan in precious metal clay in 2006 and is also a member of the PMC Guild and the PMC guild chapter from San Antonio "MCASA." Fierce sister,,,I hope when I grow up I can design just like her ;-) everybody has to have an inspiration, mentor, someone to look up to right????
Anyhow, take a look at these sites if you have a chance and you want a small taste of Latina flavor in your jewelry.