Galletas - Differences Unite Us

Materials: silver and recycled paper
Dimensions: 55 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm

Despite the differences we share techniques and materials in addition to protecting the environment and one way is through jewelry

Photo credit: Aida Sanes

Aida Sanes
Bogota, Colombia

I’m an industrial designer from the National University of Colombia,i studied three technical careers, jewelry and gem carving in the National Apprenticeship Service (SENA) and silver in the school of arts and crafts Santo Domingo, I have 8 years of experience and research handling of materials and techniques, I am currently pursuing a Masters in Environment and Development. TRANSFORMATION collection made of silver and recycled paper from the packaging into disuse to make origami is a part of my exploration for the development of jewelry through different materials and techniques allow an approach to environmental responsibility.

Ganoksin hosts the jewelry list Orchid, with over 13,000 list members from all over the world, speaking from a wide range of technical and aesthetic experiences. The exhibition theme grew out of a desire to celebrate the creativity encompassed in this wide variety.

Artists were free to interpret the theme in any way they chose. Each artist could submit up to six pieces. Interpretations include uniting different materials into one cohesive form; intellectual and emotional “unitings”, where the meaning of the piece unites multiple concepts; the uniting of time - past, present and future; and a number that focus on the harmony created when uniting multiple materials and/or concepts.

The work submitted involved a wide range of jewelry techniques, from very traditional to very cutting edge, as well as using materials from traditional precious metals and gemstones to “re-purposed” and “up-cycled” materials.

The exhibition showcases 330 images chosen from entries from over 111 artists representing 26 countries.

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Serbia, Spain, Trinidad, Turkey, UK, USA, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands

Many of the participants began their interest in jewelry at a young age. Some are relative newcomers to the field, and some have over 35 years of experience as professional jewelers and goldsmiths. While some grew up in families that were goldsmiths, and followed in those footsteps, others only began creating jewelry as adults.