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In my native Brazil, in London and San Francisco, I have
trained and worked in a diverse range of disciplines,
through oil painting, silk-screen printing, film animation,
hat design, gemology, ergonomics, interior accessories and
jewellery design and manufacture.
I have developed weaving techniques in silver and gold that
I have been using to create unique pieces throughout 25
years of jewellery-making.
The interlaced silver and gold ribbon hint of the social
fabric of Rio de Janeiro State, where I grew up. A place
where strands of wealth and poverty, ethics and violence,
culture and corruption are constantly intertwining.
My jewellery work have been exhibited and sold in galleries
in London, Scotland, Ireland, Japan, Brazil, and the USA.
Parallel to the jewellery-making, I have developed two work
series of contemporary interior objects and sculptural
lighting pieces designed and made in collaboration with wood
artist Garvan McGrane and inspired by the elements water and
air. Our common interest lies in re-assessing materials, with
a true open mind. Reclaimed and re-used materials are the
focus of the objects series and their inherent qualities are
brought out in every design.
In 2004 I completed a MA Degree in Design Studies from Central
Saint Martins College of Art and Design, in London, where I
lived for 8 years and established my design-craft-art practice.
Recently I set up a workshop/studio in Cork City, Ireland,
where I am dedicating more time to drawing and print-making,
life-long strivings and, in fact, where it all began!
My interests lay on figurative explorations on human emotions
i.e. abandonment, loneliness, neglect, desertion, despair and
other squatters in the dark corners of the human soul, with a
pinch of humor and quirkiness.
Emotions associated with femininity, lightness, self-sufficiency,
get an unsettling out-of-balance 'perfection'. The 'impossible
beauty' which dominates the hearts and minds of our consumer
society is challenged in a whimsical, elfish, puckish way.
The bizarre and the idiosyncratic, the beautiful and harmonious
are present in every day life- I strive to uncover them in an
attempt to provoke, disturb, inspire and prompt reflection on
our communality as one human race.