MARTACARMELA SOTELO, Mexico City

Portrait photo of Martacarmela Sotelo

Martacarmela is a jewellery artist, living and working in Mexico City.

Sotelo studied architecture at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico city and continued with an MA in Fine Arts at London at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She was part of the incubator studio program sponsored by the Arts Council of England. Back in Mexico she was awarded with the “Jovenes Creadores” scholarship by FONCA. She was selected for “Artemergente”, National Biennale in Monterrey, Mexico. Later on she was selected for an art residency in La Curtiduria in Oaxaca.

Martacarmela Sotelo is architect, artist and designer, now dedicated to jewellery design. In 2009 she began working and developing her “wearable art” project. Made out of different materials and forms assembled in non-conventional ways the jewellery she crafts as well as the art pieces are unique. Her pieces have been featured around the World in: MoMA Store in New York at ‘Destination Mexico’ platform, at AGO Museum in Toronto, High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Bettina Flament Gallery in Lille, Marion Friedmann Gallery in London, Galeria Mexicana de Diseño in Mexico City, at the 4th IEEB International experimental printmaking Biennale in Rumania, at “Think Again: New Latin American Jewellery” at the MAD museum in New York, at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Seattle, at the Hernandez museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina, From 2012-2015 she was director in Mexico for the Otro-Diseño Foundation for Cultural Cooperation and Development, a non-profit organization based in the Netherlands. She has also collaborated as a freelance designer for the famous Mexican silver brand TANE.

PORTABLE LINES PROJECT

Out of beloved and out of-use or damaged garments Sotelo makes one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces. The garments are cut out with the main structure and eventual interesting elements remaining. Then this cloth-skeleton is wrapped with threads of different color and type. The garment once covering the body has gained a second life as jewelry that can be worn in various ways, every single time worn changing its form and layout on the body of the wearer. Sotelo can transform grandmother’s moth-holed wedding dress back to live as jewelry and free oneself from the burden of the memories one thought to loose when disposing of such a momentous object.

Image of Martacarmela Sotelo Portable Lines red piece

PROCESS

Image showing process of the creation of Portable Lines by Martacarmela Sotelo
 
 
 
 
Image of red necklace by Martacarmela Sotelo of the series Portable Lines.

 
 

 Image of silver-toned necklace by Martacarmela Sotelo of the  series Portable Lines. Wearable Art.  Marion Friedmann Gallery

DETAIL

Image of red necklace by Martacarmela Sotelo of the series Portable Lines.

 
 

Image of brown necklace by Martacarmela Sotelo of the series Portable Lines. Wearable Art. Marion Friedmann Gallery

 
 

Image of green necklace by Martacarmela Sotelo of the series Portable Lines. Wearable Art. Marion Friedmann Gallery
 
 

Image of brown necklace by Martacarmela Sotelo of the series Portable Lines. Wearable Art. Marion Friedmann Gallery

 Image of necklace by Martacarmela Sotelo of the  series Portable Lines. Wearable Art.  Marion Friedmann Gallery

FLEXIBILITY OF WEARING

 
 
Image of possibilities and flexibilities of wearing a Portable Lines necklace piece by Martacarmela Sotelo. Wearable Art. Marion Friedmann Gallery