As an adjunct to Marjorie’s collection of vintage Mexican clothing, she began collecting a highly curated selection of mid century Mexican jewelry by designers whose work she has been collecting for decades. Most of the pieces are by designers from the 1950s whose work was inspired by the indigenous peoples, nature and art of Mexico. The production was done using local artisans and traditional techniques, creating a “Neo-Mexican” style. They include Casa Maya, Betancourt, Margot de Taxco and others. It is a continuation of Marjorie’s profound admiration for wearable Mexican art.
There were many designers who made fantastic contributions to this short lived aesthetic moment, which largely died off in the late 1960s.
La Malaquita is also delighted to be working with two remarkable local artisans and offering their pieces in our collection.
One is the renowned artist Estaban Aban Montejo, whose work is featured in both the Museo de Arte Popular in Mexico City (one of Marjorie’s favorite museums,) and the beautiful book “Gran Maestros Del Arte Popular Mexicano” (“Great Masters of Mexican Art”).
He works with Cocoyol seeds, silver and Hennequin (Agave) spines. Just the tips of the spines are used, and to watch him work to make these into beads is a wonder. His designs are elegant and timeless, and you are to commission custom pieces through La Malaquita as well.
The other is the creator of wonders, Arturo de la Cruz, who hails from Palenque. He creates extraordinary wearable works of art using feathers (all are sustainably sourced), semi precious stones and beads. There are spectacular feathered earrings, headpieces, necklaces, bracelets and fans. Arturo also accepts commissions and is able to work with us to send drawings and photographs as the piece evolves.
It is another personal collection, representing the joy and vibrancy of Mexican art that has influenced much of Marjorie’s design work. Enjoy!