are closer to sculptures. They are
texture and imperfection."
believe in individuality. I
am inspired by organic materials as they speak to me. It is all
about the experimental. I design extreme objects, bold and
beautiful, pieces of sculpture rather than jewellery that create
"I started making two dimensional objects at the end of 2006 and my first
collection was carried by Holt Renfrew.
Reinventing myself has been
the most challenging and rewarding decision I have ever taken after
I decided I needed more creative freedom. My
jewellery and accessories reflect
my passion for organic elements
and is very influenced by my long career as a graphic
--(School of Visual Arts, New York, graduated with honours,
The School of Visual Arts Rhodes Family Award for Outstanding
Achievement in Media Arts)
had my design company for many years in Bogota--.
see my pieces as artwork, where there isn’t anything too
Rated an accessories genius and A-list by fashion magazines,
is a visionary.
Her large-scale works are crafted from organic materials such as antlers, bull horn,
rough amber and emeralds, reclaimed wood, natural seeds and
elements found on shores, in rivers, jungles and forests.
"Taking nature as my inspiration, I continue to explore organic
shapes found in bone and driftwood, in shed antlers and amber, in
coconuts and bull horns, in natural fibre and seeds, in rough
emeralds and crocodile skins, in skulls and shells. I love their
forms and their natural raw beauty.
"Through my work, I want to create a dialogue with the natural world.
Each one of my pieces is handmade from elements found in shores,
rivers, jungles and forests.
I incorporate these shapes in my designs and make very large extreme
pieces with a natural look and a flowing and curving
with a minimum of industrial
I aim to elevate organic elements, their natural color and textures
to a new level of sophistication - (a combination of the Japanese
design philosophy wabi-sabi: which nurtures all that is authentic by
acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is
nothing is perfect).
"My designs show a very
strong mix of naïve and urban cultures. Born in Colombia, based in
Toronto, my work is clearly influenced by my travels, and profoundly
by my respect of indigenous and tribal cultures around the world. My
collection grows every season and is never outdated. "
Dandi Maestre' work
has been featured in publications worldwide including Vogue, Marie
Claire, Elle, Glamour, Surface, Lucky, Nylon, Flare, Fashion and
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