If you're plugged into the local art scene or pay close attention to the San Antonio Current, the name Lorena Angulo won't be unfamiliar. Born in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico and based in San Antonio since 2003, Angulo nods to Mexican culture and folk art via wearable works she crafts from sterling silver, mixed media and metal clay (a moldable medium containing particles of precious metals). Often and aptly described as "soulful," her pieces demonstrate both a reverence for tradition and an innovative approach to design. Flaming hearts, trees of life, milagros, birds, butterflies and skulls all stand out as hallmarks of Angulo's eclectic aesthetic. In 2014, she published Behind the Brooch — a book celebrating the curious intricacies found on the backsides of brooches. Also the subject of an exhibition, the book spotlights 128 artists while exploring jewelry from an unusual perspective. An adjunct faculty member at the Southwest School of Art, Angulo is a regular presence at Fiesta Arts Fair and sells her work locally at Kathleen Sommers and the gift shop at the San Antonio Museum of Art.
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