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Handcrafted Work
Body of Work

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 which 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

on So Fresh So Clean 2020

"... 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

Cosmic Chaos
Body of Work

In moments of helplessness, introspection and quietness contributed; little by little, strength to thrive and continue with my life. I became more aware that We are all our cosmos. Although chaotic at times, we continue to have some order and reorganize as necessary to keep balance. 


For these pieces, I looked for inspiration in my inner chaotic cosmos, arranging an entropic beaded composition, over the systematic woven wire construction. I used the repetition of small elements to create a complex and compacted arrangement. With this creation, I wanted to explore feeling in control and finding the beauty witting me, even in the moments of chaos.

Frida & Diego
Body of Work

Frida Kahlo, an iconic artist known for her vivid self-portraits and deeply personal themes, has long been a source of inspiration for many, including myself. As a jewelry artist from Colombia, my work, like Frida's, is deeply influenced by my cultural heritage. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder in my late twenties, I found a parallel in Frida's own struggles with chronic pain and depression.


Her ability to turn suffering into powerful art mirrors my journey of channeling intense emotions and fluctuating moods into my jewelry. Each piece I create is a reflection of my inner world, a tangible expression of my mental health journey. Frida's art, often depicting her broken body but defiant spirit, symbolizes resilience, a quality I strive to embody through my craft.


Despite the highs and lows, my jewelry becomes a means of survival and self-expression, much like Frida found solace in her paintings. Both of us have faced the challenge of transforming pain into beauty, and our struggles into sources of strength. Through my jewelry, I aim to tell a story of resilience, creativity, and the enduring power of the human spirit, honoring Frida's legacy with every piece I create.

Look Again

Look Again is an invitation to dive into every little detail and forget assumptions. Each look that conforms the chain was created with very think wire and a crochet hooks, combining textile and jewelry fabrication techniques.

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