Two great new jewelers At Galleria Izamal
By Henry Vermillion
Two excellent new jewelers will be introduced to the San Miguel de Allende public at Galería Izamal. The newcomers are Catherine Gielis, originally from France, and Vanina Landini, who is originally from Argentina.
New jewelry in Galería Izamal
Sat, Dec 15, 6-8pm
Both have been in San Miguel for a while. Landini has studied with the well-known craftsman-teacher Billy King, and Gielis has shown with Galería Izamal for several months, but this will be their official presentation at the gallery.
The work of each is original but quite distinct. Gielis’ silver necklaces and rings are organic and feminine. Many are based on plant and flower forms, twining, curling in unexpected ways. She is also a maker of sculptural, whimsical forms: insects, boots and animals. Her silver is not polished and brilliant; it’s luminous, glowing and alive. It’s more personal than most jewelry offered today. It’s not only well-crafted, it’s the expression of an artist (and all jewelry is not art). Her pieces are “based on sculpture in an eloquent manner that gives homage to the texture, structure and architecture of seeds, stems, leaves and roots,” according to an admirer.
Landini’s path has led her from early studies in sculpture in Argentina to an urge to explore the wide world she longed to know. As a young woman, she set off throughout Bolivia, Peru, Chili, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela and Brazil. She supported herself as a craftsperson, making jewelry of silver and precious stones. In 2004, she traveled to France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Portugal and Italy, taking part in craft fairs and art events. Still not satisfied, she pressed on to Africa. Morocco, Mauritania, and after a long crossing of the Sahara Desert, she settled for a time in the tiny country of Burkina Faso, where she studied with the local artisans to learn the ancient craft of carving tribal masks of wood. Now, after her long apprenticeship, still a young woman, but also a mother, she is in San Miguel. Her new jewelry reflects all the wonderful influences of her international experiences. She uses precious stones generously in imaginative ways. She makes chains for bracelets and necklaces (not all jewelers do). Her work is well-crafted and a bit unconventional.
As always, the work of the other Galería Izamal cooperative artists and sculptors; Lourdes Cordero, Juan Ezcurdia, Javier García, Javier Gonzáles, Cat Grall, Raphael Monzies, Henry Vermillion and Britt Zaist will be on display.