Well, Flamenco attracts the coolest students!
If you’ve shopped at City Soles lately, you might have noticed some jewelry that resembles twigs, fossils and other artifacts from a faraway excavation site. Turns out the one who created that jewelry is Laura Prieto-Velasco, one of my Flamenco sisters and a Pilsen-based artist.
The jewelry is all part of Laura’s “Hunter Gatherer” line, which is new for Fall/Winter 2011. According to her website, this line “draws inspiration from the intangible experiences that add texture and meaning to our lives.” For this line, she uses castings from twigs she finds while walking her dog around Pilsen, crystals and even casts of fingers. Some pieces are inspired by the jewelry worn by ancient, nomadic civilizations.
At a recent Flamenco party, Laura showed off some of her finished projects. Check out some of what you can find on her etsy site:
If you buy direct from her, you can get a better deal than you would at the store. Prices vary from about $60 on up. This is definitely one of a kind stuff!