Dia de los Muertos/ Day of the Dead

This Fall I am very excited to announce the launch of my new line of Limited Edition Dia de los Muertos/ Day of the Dead Jewelry. I hope you enjoy these new playful pieces as much as I enjoyed creating them. Over the years I have incorporated a few sugar skulls in my work here and there and people sometimes ask, “what is with the skulls?” I love this question because it offers me an opportunity to talk about my beautiful Mexican cultural heritage and it’s traditions. Most of the time people assume that I really like Halloween. Others think it is all about death or something scary. So I wanted to take this opportunity to fill you in on one of the most sacred and beautiful traditions in the world.

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Marisa Martinez
Fun In the Studio

It was so great to host two of my favorite people this week for a class in my new studio! Leanne (Assemblage Jewelry) and Tammy (Sunny Creek Jewelry) are fellow jewelers and close friends. I admire each of them for many different reasons and It was an honor to help them learn new skills to incorporate into their work.

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Marisa Martinez
Shrines, Ofrendas, and Altars

My Shrine/ Ofrendas Collection is made with found objects and many different forms of traditional mixed media. I start each shrine with the idea of a specific milagro (miracle or a wish) and then build around that idea. I build these pieces organically from up-cycled materials one layer at a time. My passion for my Mexican cultural heritage and background in fine arts has greatly influenced this body of work. I have been exploring ways to elevate the fine craft of jewelry to create a bridge that can connect it to my passion for painting. These pieces are the exciting launch of this new journey in my work.

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Marisa Martinez