Instructor: Laritza Garcia
Laritza Garcia is a jewelry artist and educator living in Austin, Texas. She received her BFA in Jewelry and Metals from Texas State University and her MFA in Metal Design at East Carolina University. Garcia is originally from the U.S. border area of Reynosa MX and McAllen TX. Painting, illustration, and involvement with youth outreach are meaningful influences in the direction of her jewelry designs. Her jewelry has showcased in numerous national exhibitions and international publications such as 500 Necklaces, New Earrings and Metalsmith magazine. In 2015 she will be a presenter at the Yuma Arts Symposium. Currently, Garcia teaches 3D Foundations and Metal Design at Texas State University. Her one of kind pieces can be found on-line at Jewelry Edition and in store at Equinox Gallery.
My personal development and professional training have led me to believe that playful attitudes help people cope, problem-solve and can offer emotional lightness. My jewelry pieces present familiar childhood imagery in efforts to drive forth the restorative nature of imaginative behavior. Gestural objects in vibrant colors materialize as graphic triggers that reconnect people with regenerative powers of playfulness. My approach encompasses a dual investigation of gestural drawing and traditional metalworking practices such as hand piercing metal. I use inks and calligraphy brushes to make linear illustrations that are the base from which ideas are developed into refined pieces of adornment. The intent of this body of work is to infuse wardrobes and activate walls with whimsical pieces that bring levity to the forefront.
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