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Andrea Rosales-Balcarcel Hand-Painted Watercolor and Silver Brooch



'The Palace of the Bees' brooch, based on a narrative poem and sketch study painting created by the artist, this one-of-a-kind brooch is loaded with symbolism and meaning. Layers of Sterling Silver, hand textured/painted resin, as well as color pencil, are riveted and sewn together with red thread to create this piece that documents and commemorates the artist's memories of growing up in Guatemala City and her experience visiting her Abuelita's gated home in the center of the city. Brooch is sold with prints of the original study painting. Designed and created by Andrea Rosales-Balcarcel in Pennsylvania: Born in Guatemala City, and now based in New Hope, PA, Andrea Rosales-Balcarcel attended Pratt Institute in 2012, for a BFA in Jewelry and a minor in Art History. During her years attending school in NYC, Andrea formed a fascination with the relationship between identity and environment, a concept she continues to explore beyond her thesis collection, “Walking Manhattan”. Her current work applies former processes of documentation of narratives through the use of watercolors to address the current sociopolitical climate developing throughout the United States. Since graduating from Pratt, she has had the opportunity to participate in multiple international shows, including LOOT: Mad About Jewelry in New York City (2017), as well as in Artistar Jewels in Milan (2018). ______________________________________ This piece is part of the NYCJW HERE WE ARE Marketplace. HERE WE ARE is a strategic initiative that supports the diverse spectrum of creators within the jewelry community by creating impact and action within and outside the industry through awareness, empowerment, and education. Launched in 2019 under the guidance of NYCJW’s Director of Cultural Diversity and Inclusion, Elliot Carlyle, HERE WE ARE is a combination of community-driven events including panels, webinars, and exhibitions. Initially designed to reflect and celebrate the many and varied cultures & visions across New York City, NYC Jewelry Week is excited to expand the reach of HWA across the United States as the platform enters its second year in November of 2020. With over 50 participants, HERE WE ARE 2020 presents the work of fresh emerging talent alongside innovative established talent in the field of jewelry. HWA celebrates the voices and visions that make the jewelry world one of the most captivating industries around, HWA kicks off with an introduction to the faces and names of the hand-selected jewelers and artists involved. Each jeweler and artist chosen to be a part of HWA 2020 has created a business that presents a well-crafted collection or body of work, a unique vision and a dedication to the work. HWA serves to provide a platform for visibility, business growth and connections for the jewelers involved and is focused on the pursuit of equity within the jewelry industry.


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