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Daring Fashion

By Lotta Goldreiter, photography by Laura Honse

The artist Laura Honse began creating ready-made jewelry while living in Oaxaca when she came upon some plastic toys in the street: a luchador leg and masked head, a soldier, keys, a horse, a pilot, and dolls. She strung them all on a silver shoelace. This is a favorite among the public when she wears it. Her jewelry takes what is at hand and transforms it into something wearable: an old paintbrush with bonelike patina, a beautiful piece of driftwood, glass hummingbirds, a huge round slab of transparent quartz, buttons, vintage belt buckles, a vintage Mexican bullet, dried nopal, bones, seed pods, beans, and an array of crystal, glass, clay, wood, resin, and children’s plastic beads. One choker necklace has three strands of more than 200 buttons. Silkworm cocoons are strung up alongside fat balls of pressed wool. Fragile, lacy nopals adorn others. Miniature abstract paintings on wood become earrings as do small brass fish hanging from fishing poles. She finds her inspiration in African, Bauhaus, and Coco Chanel jewelry, and in surrealism and minimalism. For this season, the focus is on Day of the Dead. Whimsical long earrings of skulls have skirts of orange plastic leaves, bodies of butterflies, or white angel wings. Others have brass devil or monkey heads. Bracelets of huge wood beads, colorful crystal beads, buttons, and skulls are to be worn by the armful. Necklaces end in dangling brass skeletons whose limbs dance.

Jewelry Trunk Show
By Laura Honse
Sat, Nov 19, 2–6pm
Calle Homobono 2, corner of Animas

This Saturday, Laura opens her home gallery to the public. The jewelry showroom also includes some of her hand-painted rebozos. One is two meters long, alive with giant reptiles, beetles, and butterflies in exotic flora. Only to be worn by the daring fashionista, they are hung instead from walls or adorn sofas and beds of many of her clients. The downstairs area of her home showcases her contemporary photography, some previously exhibited at Bellas Artes.

Laura was born in the US and raised overseas, mostly in Brazil. She returned to the US to graduate with a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, studying painting and photography. After time in New York City and San Francisco, she lived in Europe for 20 years and opened Gallery Atomic Salon in Hamburg. She now resides in San Miguel.

Please join us on Saturday, November 19, 2–6pm for refreshments and a view into her unique world of jewelry and more.


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