Gemstones

Pacific

My mother grew up in California. When she was thirty, she met my father and moved to Mexico City to start a family. Every Summer during childhood, we would return to Newport Beach to visit relatives. I will always remember our sunset strolls on smooth sidewalks, where we gazed in awe at landscaped gardens, embraced by the warm, salty air.

Pacific pendant.
Handmade with pink quartz and 100% recycled sterling silver.
This Monday in my online shop.


Aligned

What do I want? 

Whenever I run out of steam, feel discouraged, or lost, I take time to ponder this question. When I do, I usually discover that I am trying to fulfill other people’s expectations, doing something that no longer interests me, or just need time alone. 

This question has guided my creative path from the start. It defined the materials I use, and the kind of pieces I create; as well as where and how I sell them. It also determines how much I charge for what I make, and the kind of customer I attract. 

When I ask this question, I re-connect with the dreams and ideas I feel most passionate about. Once I am focused, I can get back on my path charged with new energy.

Aligned necklace.
Handmade with amethyst and 100% recycled sterling silver.
Soon in my online shop.


Fresh Start

Welcome to my new website!

I built my previous site two years ago using Weebly, a simple site builder that was perfect for my needs at the time. 

I decided to switch to Squarespace because I can change my template and move my website wherever and whenever I want without loosing my content. I thought I would be finished in a week, but I had to learn how to use this platform and manually migrate all of my content from my previous site, so here I am three weeks later.

I've created a much more visual experience so that you can easily explore previous blog posts, see where I live and work, and learn about my creative process. It has been a pleasure and a challenge to build this site. I hope you enjoy it!


Growth

I was recently asked to what I attribute the growth of my business. 

I think I was fortunate from the start. I have loving and encouraging parents who are artists and self-starters. They taught me to follow my own path, to be organized and disciplined, and to treat others with respect. They created a harmonious home and provided me with an excellent bi-cultural education.

I was also lucky to be born in one of the most culturally rich countries in the world. Mexico feeds my imagination in many ways, from the diversity of its architecture, to its variety of culinary and artistic traditions, to the joyfulness of its people. This is a country that improvises. You do what you can with what you have, and in that process you become creative.

Throughout my life I’ve had teachers who inspired me to study the history of art and the work of other artists. I did so in college, and afterwards in museums and galleries across the world. Now that I am more sedentary, I continue my education through art books. This has broadened my vision and has made me want to be part of the ongoing conversation.

My impulse to create comes from a deep need for personal expression rather than as a way to make money. I only make pieces that stir my imagination. This keeps me away from trends and gives my work an emotional connection. 

As an artist, I’ve had to believe in myself in order to do what I love and share my work with others. I am perseverant and experiment constantly. I learn and grow from everything I do: when I draw, construct a piece of jewelry, style, model, take pictures, build a website, write blog posts, and interact with those of you who appreciate my work. 

I have been blessed to meet generous and kind people who supported my work from the start, and continue to do so today. I cherish these relationships and hold them close to my heart.


Origami Totem

I recently had the pleasure to read the interview Elizabeth Gilbert gave Tom Waits for GQ Magazine. 

In my favorite part, Tom Waits talks about how his children have enriched his creative process, and recalls a time when his daughter helped him write a song. 

"We were on a bus coming to L.A. and it was really cold outside. There was this transgender person –to be politically correct– standing on a corner wearing a short little top with a lot of midriff showing, a lot of heavy eye makeup and dyed hair, and a really short skirt. And this guy, or girl, was dancing all by himself. And my little girl saw it and said, "It must be really hard to dance like that when you're so cold and there's no music."

Origami Totem.
Handmade with labradorite and 100% recycled sterling silver.
Soon in my online shop.