Growing up in Venezuela, I was surrounded by the extravagant flora and fauna of the tropics. I learned to look closer at leaves, pods, flowers, shells, etc. and found a library of forms, colors, and textures to draw from. Using a variety of metalsmithing techniques, I create jewelry pieces by combining these libraries into my own visual language. The body, as a natural form in itself, is of great importance in my design process. I take great care of how my pieces interact with the body; so that once they are worn they become a part of the landscape and truly come to life.
ZEBRA POD SERIES
The combination of hand hammered textures with Synclastic and Anticlastic forming techniques creates endless possibilities in this collection. A variety of oxidized metal forms are combined in different ways to create lightweight movable compositions that are elegant and easy to wear.
PEA POD SERIES
The use of Synclastic and Anticlastic hand forming techniques allows the naturally red “Huayuro” seeds to be carefully encased in silver to create elongated pod shapes. A beautiful contrast is created between the cold white metal and the warm red seeds creating a vibrant yet simple collection. In many south American cultures “Huayuro” seeds are worn for good luck.
Movement and rhythm is created when textured copper elements are carefully combined to emulate the Herringbone textile pattern. The opposing directions of the texture on metal create a play on light unique to this material & its reflective qualities. The first time I discovered this pattern was when looking at men’s shirts for cufflink ideas. The collection has evolved into an array of pieces that could be worn by men or women.
Various inlay techniques and a wide array of materials are used to create an exciting collection of original contemporary cufflinks, a staple in men’s jewelry.
The Shell motif is synthesized to its basic lines for a very modern look. The pieces interact with the body in unexpected ways, truly coming alive when worn.
IVY LEAF SERIES
The resilient Ivy is synthesized to its most basic graphic expression in this modern collection reminiscent of Art Nouveau Graphics.