Our relationship with jewelry is so substantial that we have found that not only it improves our physical well-being, but also a comfort to the mind and soul. Jewelry can protect those who have contact with it in many aspects. In this case, it has protected the maker’s mind through meditation that can be achieved by repetition, just as in a mantra. The technique of crocheting wire has fulfilled a necessity of motion that comes from a restless mind. This repetitive technique has the ability to quiet an agitated mind.
Additionally, the practice does not use chemicals or forging fires, other than the ones utilized when the wire was manufactured. It also does not use machinery, limiting the ecological footprint. This contributes to a cleaner practice for the maker and uses less material compared to other pieces of the same size.
Excerpt of the Message from the Jurors
"... In Luisa Florez Herran’s Protection Necklace we see a poetic interpretation of the anxieties surrounding health and wellness, feelings we have all been experiencing since the pandemic began. There is an immediacy in the handling of the material, that her movements are marking time while finding expression in metal. That this process feels necessary is important and that it results in a covering for the throat is all the more relevant. To be able to gather your resources in your hands and create a structure that is meaningful through minimal processes while being mindful of their impact makes a strong statement. There is power in this determined focus and refinement of approach. We felt this in Florez Herran’s work and we appreciate the sentiment deeply..."
Read the complete message HERE.
Erin S. Daily & Brian Weissman
Co-founders, Brooklyn Metal Works.
So Fresh + So Clean 2020 Guest Jurors