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Interviewing Nubia Gonçalves of Danugs- Brazilian Jewelry

Nubia Gonçalves

As I told you this is a week dedicated to Brazil… today we are going to meet Nubia Gonçalves who manage a beautiful shop called Danugs and I love everything on it…  the natural feeling and the colors of this jewelry with a chic touch.

I have to accept I’m a big fan of Brazil, and I always thought the stork was confused… she deposited me in the country next door…:)

So, let’s know a little bit of her and her wonderful world of charming jewelry..!


My name is Nubia Gonçalves. This is how I usually sign my name. It’s shorter than my full name Nubia Maria Massena Nubia Gonçalves2Gonçalves.

I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and still live here.  I am married and I have a son and a daughter. My daughter is 28 years old and is an industrial designer. She was born in England during the time my husband and I were studying there. My son is 27 ears old and already married. He has a degree in Business Administration and works in an American Consulting Company in São Paulo. My husband is a University Professor on Business Administration.

We live in Copacabana, just by the beach. We can see it from our window and I love the view, the breeze and the smell of the ocean. It also gives me a sense of freedom and it is so nice to breathe nature so closely.

What do you do? What kind of craft?

I always loved language, literature and arts. I have a B.A. degree in Language and Literature and while living in England I studied Speech Therapy. I also studied Arts and Painting in the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage, in Rio de Janeiro. Painting is one of my dearest hobbies.

I worked for 21 years in a Brazilian NGO – Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analysis – IBASE. I was the

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coordinator for the institutional relations and was responsible for preparing, sending, negotiating and administrating the institutional projects.

Right after I retired, about a year ago, I took Simultaneous Translation classes and this is my main activity at this moment. I work in Conferences, Meetings and Seminars translating all sorts of themes. It is a very demanding work, we need to have deep concentration in the booth but I really enjoy doing it.

Designing and making jewelry is something quite new for me and it is an ongoing learning. I read and researched a lot about it before starting and still do. I love to work with natural and organic materials. Brazil is very rich in this respect

and has so many beautiful seeds, wood and gemstones. Making jewelry, nowadays, is my favorite activity.

Why have you chosen natural materials?

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This is not an easy question as I really don’t know how to answer it. Maybe it was because all these natural beauties fascinate me. The colors, the forms, the textures, they all have such a fresh feeling of nature. It amazes me how nature is so diverse and at the same time so unique and delicate. They are a constant surprise and I feel a great  sense of pleasure to combine these different materials like  seeds or dried fruits with a stone or a pearl and end up with a simple and yet elegant and unusual piece.

And there is also the question of sustainability regarding these materials. They are environmentally friendly and arecollected from the ground by local communities. This is their livelihood and it gives me great satisfaction to have them as main suppliers and support their work buying their products.

When did you start? Why?

As I mentioned before, this is very new for me. I started after retiring about a year or so ago. I always loved art andbesides my painting I thought I had do something else in relation to it. At first I wanted to use my paintings and transform them into jewels but I couldn’t find a way to do it. Then I started to look around me and saw that there were already so many beautiful and natural things that I didn’t need to create anything, they were there, just in front of my eyes! All I had to do was to join them and develop something with them! And it makes so happy to know that people around the world appreciate and are wearing my jewels!

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What are you inspired by?

I am inspired by the forms, the colors and the textures of nature; by the people, by the cities, sounds, smells, just about everything. I love the sense of balance and unbalance of things. Movements, lines, figures etc etc etc. Maybe I could

say that life itself is my greatest inspiration.

What are your future expectations?

I would love to continue and develop other skills regarding jewelry design and making. I am planning on start studying metalsmithing and design and to be able to combine silver, copper and other metals with the materials I’ve been already using. I still want to find a way to use my paintings in my jewels and I hope to find the way for doing it.

I am always planning or dreaming about something. Dreams are the motor for our accomplishments.






Interviewing Constanza Fuentes of Alas del Sur

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Today we are going to know an argentinian artist who lives in New York City and apart from being an architect she creates this beautiful necklaces you are going to see and other accesories you can see in her store.

The first time I saw her work I inmediately thought about the video I published a while ago about Mathematics, Nature and Crochet from Margaret Wertheim, and after I red the answers Constanza sent to me I discovered she assisted to the event.  It was very inspiring for her and her handmade creations are full of movement and harmony.

Now I let you know a bit more in this interview…

Personal information:




 My name is Constanza Fuentes I was born in Tucuman, a city located in northern Argentina … a beautiful city! I spent all my childhood, youth and more there with people I love and miss a lot. In 2005 I married Willy, also from Tucumán, and we moved to United States, the reason? … Study…. Texas was first and then New York where we live now … 3 very different places that influenced a lot in me and keep doing it. 



What do you do exactly? Tell us a little bit more about your business

Constanza Fuentes Alasdelsur1 My business is split between the architecture and my new venture: the design of knitted accessory. 
I am an architect working in a studio in Manhattan that designs oceanfront homes, modern architecture, but with a touch of traditional … like my accessories, I love the mix of the modern, the simple, but polished but with the coziness of the traditional.  
As for my line of accessories the main techniques are crochet and knitting, the materials I use are fiber yarn, wool or cotton strips, the idea is to create movement, play with textures, I love to investigate how to combine materials, shapes and volumes. 
At the moment I’m working on move my line of accessories to the next step, creating a whole world around it … the brand name is NARCIZO and you can find in in July 2009. For now you can access my accessories through my local Etsy 

How did you to start? Why?

After a few months in NY was eager to resume what had been shelved for one reason or another, I always liked knitting and sewing … but nothing serious, there was always something more important to do, I never took the time and I didn’talasdelsur give it the seriousness that perhaps it deserved. I attended a lecture/workshop at NYU The hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project Amazing! Highly recommended! A woolly celebration of the intersection of geometry and handicraft, and a testimony of the disappearing wonders of the marine world.

This was my first contact with the craft from a completely different; that was the great start. I began to attend various lectures, exhibitions, workshops… one of the last was The public-art installation organized by Knitter Please” … in Brooklyn. 
I began to realize that knitting is an activity that only produces utilitarian objects such as sweaters, but also it’s considerer as a way of producing art. 
In the middle of this flow of motivation, I started creating my necklaces that are a synthesis of all the images that my mind creates. After each conference I would come out full of energy and ideas believing I can achieve everything I propose.

What does inspire you?

Three Golds Necklace

Three Golds Necklace

In everything that surrounds me … I love cities, I love to walk, I enjoy it, I love to sit at a café on the sidewalk and observe, observe and analyze! Not necessarily have to be nice things; there are times that even the ugliest thing can inspire me, it just must have something to do that click in my head and suddenly all the ideas flow. New York is special for that, I really enjoy this city, after an afternoon walking around I would came back to my house with lot things inside me.


what do you enjoy most of this activity?

The process to achieve the final product and know that a person wearing a necklace made by me will enjoy it as much as I did while I was creating it. And I also love that my design can reach all parts of the world, even to places where I never thought; that is wonderful!

What expectations you have for the future?

 Obviously I would love to go even further! I love my art to grow and expand but always with a scale at which I feelDorado3-03comfortable and confident that my creations will keep my personal touch which I care a lot, I am very demanding with myself and with the objects I design …I would never offer something I would not wear. 


1.”The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project”:

2.”The public-art installation organized by Knitta Please”en Brooklyn:

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Interviewing Moira Neilson of Paleolochic

Paleolochic-Moira Neilson

We share a lot of things with Moira, she is part of the Etsy in Spanish Team and also of the European Street Team and once I saw this “Choker for the Godess” I felt in love with the African style of a lot of her creations and I proposed her to make this interview.

Apart of being a Jewelry designer Moira also makes Housewares as Aprons (very sexy, by the way) and Table cozies…

Check out her Website, I specially loved the Philosophy section… 

Let’s know her a little bit more…

Personal Information:



Hello! My name is Moira Neilson and I was born in Canada almost 34 years ago, I grew up and went to school in Argentina; my father is English and my Mum Argentinean.  The past century, in the year 1997 I moved to London and

After five years I’ve decided it was time to put the umbrella away and moved to sunny Barcelona where I am planning to stay until destiny said so…


What kind of craft do you make?

I like everything related to crafts but to keep myself mentally healthy I

Aprons by Paleolochicfocus most of my effort designing fashion accessories and different decoration goodies in fabric.  

When did you start?

Summer Island Bracelet

Summer Island Bracelet

Since I was a little girl I’ve always liked to create with my hands and I was always doing some kind of workshop. When I grew up I studied Graphic Design in Argentina then in London I did a Foundation in Art & Design and I’ve continued doing different workshops in pottery, weaving,etc., all very easy things to do in a flat (ha-ha-ha!!)

What are you inspired by?

The truth is that I’ve get inspired by almost everything, I am very thankful to be able to appreciate beauty in the small things, the everyday life; though I must say my best friend its nature.


Afrika Red and Black Necklace

Afrika Red and Black Necklace

What do you enjoy the most?

I really enjoy the freedom, being able to follow my intuition and initiative, I loved to figure out how to develop a project that seems to be very simple but it’s not, it’s like a puzzle, piece by piece…

 What are your future expectations?

I would really love to live of my work and to have a “real shop” with handmade products, not only mines but from fellow artisans from Etsy, Dawanda, etc. That is why I am dedicating a lot of time to the non-creative area of  everything related to marketing, finance, legal aspects, etc. basically the non fun part but essential aspect to carry on a business , Yin and Yang, like life!


Choker for the Godess

Choker for the Godess


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 *I would like to thank Anabel for giving me the opportunity to show a bit of who I am and what I do to all her readers.


Interviewing Silvana Barba

This is a new section devoted to interview other crafters and present their work.

I think a better way to meet each other and understand a little better what we do …

This interview is dedicated to Silvana Barba, a person who has helped me a lot and who make beautiful works with polymer clay.

If you want to participate in this project, I will publish interviews once a week, so please write me.

1. Tell us a little about you ….
My name is Silvana Beard, I’m 28 years old, I am from Tucuman, Argentina, but currently living in Cantabria, Spain, it’s been now 6 years and I feel very well here but always in the mood for a trip to Tucuman. I studied trade business but although I never worked as a professional I feel that I aplly it the whole time and I still enjoy it. polimer clay

2. How did you start with crafts? Why?
I could say I started without wanting it. My partner had to spend a few months in bed immobilized and he needed someone who stayed with him all the time… so I searched for a hobby that would give me that option, ie he could not require large space or be in a particular site. So I searched on the internet and I looked for a craft hobby: the list of possibilities was huge!but I already knew how to crochet, cross stich is not for me and I was dropping until I came across a material that I saw for the first time in my life, and began the journey in the vast world of polymer clay.


3. What inspires you?
A few days ago I talked about that in my blog, and I have verified that all the signals we receive affect us someway but what is not discovered yet is how it all came together and transform it into something concrete, something internal pendantand not something that you can copy, putting your personality in every creation.

4.What do you enjoy the most of this activity?
That there are no limits to create, depending on where you’re willing to reach.

5. What are your expectations for the future?
I’d like to see my creations at various shop windows here and in other geographic locations, just to be fulfilling this dream and hope to continue that line.

One thing I would add is that I invite all those who are curious about this or any other material, to exploit just that curiousity, explore, explore, today we have a lot of information on the Internet, there is no excuse to let imagination falling asleep.

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