Welcome to another edition of our Proudly Canadian Featured Artists. I'd like to introduce Amanda Delacruz. Her work is quite incredible and she's just started her journey.

Tell us a bit about yourself
I recently graduated from OCAD University’s Material Art and Design program where I majored in Jewellery and Metalsmithing but dabbled in just about everything else. 

I like to see my jewellery on people but I also enjoy creating barely wearable, conceptual metalwork.

My work tends to be inspired by fragmentary, obscure type sentences that I come across in music and books, as well as the idea of growth and change under constraining circumstances.


What makes you tick?
I hate when I get work related injuries – especially when I’m in the mood to create or have a looming deadline. 

 

What do you like to do when you are not creating things?
I like to wind down with a yoga class or read in the park with my puppy.


What gets you excited about creating new work?
Whenever I see a work of art/piece of jewellery that I find particularly inspiring, beautiful, or well crafted I find myself itching to get into the studio.


How has your education affected your creative process?

In my final year at OCAD University I worked on a yearlong, cohesive body of work. It was very intense and taught me how to reign in my ideas, to get to the core of what I wanted to express.  I guess they taught me how to find clarity and focus in a sea of ideas.

Have you ever collaborated with another artist?
Not yet, but I have two people I have plans to collaborate with in the near future.


What's your favourite material/process?
Even though I’m mostly a jeweller, I think my favourite process is throwing on the pottery wheel. I find throwing very soothing and rewarding. I love how I can start with a clump of clay and in a few minutes I can have a vessel – an impossibility in jewellery.

 

Who has influenced you artistically?
I really admire the work of Andree Wejsmann, a jeweller who teaches at OCAD though I never had the pleasure of being in her class. When I first saw her work I loved how it was compelling, yet mysterious and vague, which is something that I’ve tried to evoke in my own work ever since.

 

Show us one of your favourite pieces you've created:

 

 

You try to take the best of me

(choker)

Fabricated, oxidized, sterling silver

2009

 

What's your favourite tool and why?
The hammer - it’s amazing in its versatility. I love how I can compress, move, smooth out, and apply texture all with the same tool.

 

 

Do you have any new projects on the go?
 I try to always have something in the works. At the moment I’m working on several very different kinds of jewellery commissions. But I’m also trying to make new pieces for my production line as well as some new conceptual, wearable art type work to go along with my thesis works on secrets and the walls that accompany their keeping.  


List your two favourite books, song/music artists, movies, and websites besides Crafthaus.

Books:

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

 

Music artists:

Metric

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

 

Movies: 

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Inception

 

Websites:

www.postsecret.blogspot.com

http://thecarrotbox.com/news/index.asp

 

What advice would you give to other artists?

 

I would advise other artists to continuously experiment and explore every and any idea that they may have. It’s too easy to get discouraged in our field, to think that we’re not good enough, or that our work will not be appreciated.  Just immerse yourself in your techniques and your ideas, and let them grow.  Enjoy the process and don’t let your hesitation and anxiety keep you from starting something that could be great.

 

Thanks Amanda! You obviously have a beautiful attitude. I am sure you'll go far!

 

If anyone would like to be a featured artist email me at RicksonJewellery@yahoo.ca.

 

Rickson

 

Views: 57

Replies to This Discussion

thanks again Rickson :)

and if anyone would like to keep up with what i'm doing feel free to visit
www.amanda-delacruz.blogspot.com

RSS

Latest Activity

Andi Terry is now a member of crafthaus
4 hours ago
Brigitte Martin posted a blog post

Call for Artists: LOEWE Craft Prize

About the Craft PrizeThe LOEWE Craft Prize seeks to acknowledge and support…See More
yesterday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Tell us where the ACJ 20:20 Visions conference is going to be held, for a chance to win TWO FREE TICKETS to New Designers! New Designers 2017 starts next week 28th June at London's Business Design Centre, and is the UK's largest showcase…"
Thursday
Brigitte Martin posted a blog post

Call for Artists: Craft Boston 2018

Presented by the nonprofit Society of Arts and Crafts, CraftBoston is among the…See More
Wednesday
Stonehouse Studio - Betsy Baker posted photos
Wednesday
JUNK: rubbish to gold and Janice A. Degen are now friends
Wednesday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"We're really excited about Dauvit Alexander (aka The Justified Sinner) fabulous Found Objects talk TODAY, Wednesday 21st June, from 6-8pm at the Goldsmiths' Centre, London. Join us for some narrative jewellery inspiration, as…"
Wednesday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"We're really excited about Dauvit Alexander (aka The Justified Sinner) fabulous Found Objects talk TOMORROW, Wednesday 21st June, from 6-8pm at the Goldsmiths' Centre, London. Join us for some narrative jewellery inspiration, as well…"
Tuesday

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Masthead Credits

Chanda Zea

Object Series 1, 2, 3

Porcelain, slipcast and altered with terra sigillata, rubber.
8” x 8” x 8”, 12” x 8” x 8”, 8” x 8” x 10
2013

© 2017   Created by Brigitte Martin.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service