Estela Saez Vilanova Girona 1977 (Spain)
Studied jewellery at Escola Massana in Barcelona, whereon received the Massana Prize Award in 2001. Studio assistant of Professor Ruudt Peters in Amsterdam from 2005 to 2007 developing at the same time her project “Terra”.
Winner of Talente Prize in 2006 Munich, Germany.
Beside her work as a jeweller, she has been invited as a guest teacher and lecturer in Copenhagen, Mexico, Stellenbosch, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Florence, Stockholm and Barcelona. From time to time she also organizes and promotes jewellery-related events.
Exhibits her work since 1996 in Galleries and Museums around the world; Holland, Czech Republic, Finland, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Sweden, Italy, U.S.A, England, Mexico.
She has received different Incentive Grants, from the Catalan Government to promote and develop her personal work.
Her pieces have been published in different magazines; catalogues and specialized books in jewellery.
Since 2005, lives and works in Amsterdam, Holland.
« Good by(e) nest. » serie 2008- ‘SEPIA’ – silver/wool/fabrics/paint
« Good by(e) nest. » serie 2008- ‘RAP’. silver/gold/wool/fabrics/paint
« Good by(e) nest. » serie 2008- ‘PEIX’. silver/wool/paint
Good by(e) nest. » serie 2008- ‘NIU’. silver/gold
Good by(e) nest. » serie 2008- ‘GROC’. silver/gold/wool/fabrics
« Synaesthesia in Estela’s nest
The colours of a cherished, familiar landscape, somewhere in the foothills of the Pyrenees leading to the Mediterranean Sea. A blue air one could bite; a yellow light one could touch. Blue and yellow: primary colours, homesick colours.
The velvety touch of a slightly moist wooden spoon; the smell of a small leather pouch soaked by rancid wine; metal tools sprinkled with earth after working in the fields… Unusual sensations inspire new radical objects looking at the rural utensils of yesteryear.
Silver that looks like leather, leather that looks like skin, the skin of a nest, the nest of oneself. A metaphor for fragility and the need of a shelter. From darning and stitching, seams and patches arise on the objects’ surface. Metal is treated like a soft material. When Granny’s skills are adopted by the goldsmith, senses are pleased and confused. (…) » – Text by Monica Gaspar
« recovered connections » serie – 2009 – « rap convertit en cactus »