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About maria blondet : Born to a family of artists, María Blondet cannot deny that she inherited her creativity and love for art from her mother, renowned sculptor, Carmen Blondet. Their affinity is evident in the use of metal, but their work contrast dramatically in scale –her mother makes monumental metal sculptures and María work on delicate pieces of jewelry. One uses corten steel and stainless steel and she use silver and gold. Another source of inspiration has been her grandfather, through his poetry and long after he passed away. If he had only known... A civil engineer with a lifelong passion for music and the arts, he published 12 poetry books exploring the mystery of life. His poems, read in context, relate to various aspects of the universe, of our existence, of the world. But when you single out words or verses, they take on a different meaning for each person, even reminding you of an individual experience or loved one. María want her pieces to have that effect on the people who buys them...who give them...who wear them. That's why some of her jewelry collection is inspired in his poetry and some pieces include his verses in Spanish. Pieces that are full of texture, color and contrast that she gets from her surroundings. Living in a tropical island gives María the opportunity to use all the senses and make them a part of her pieces. Great feelings that are transmitted when you are exposed to her work. Each piece of jewelry is totally handmade by her with great love in her workshop in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she live with her two kids, surrounded by family and the beauty of the tropics.
From my own point of view, art and design are essential for the human being. We, as human beings are emotional we are exposed to multiple things in our daily life that without art and design would not be able to achieve or understand. Art is an expression of feelings of a person or a group of persons, it is full of energy and even if you do not understand it, it will make you feel alive it will evoke emotions in you. A world without art is a plain canvas, and empty and dead world.
Designers are artist that have another challenge. We, as artist, have the urge to create art and express ourselves, but we must make that art fit in around the spaces of a human body or make it work in a space and function; as a lamp, building, table, kitchen utensils, etc.…
As a jewelry designer, I create my art taking care of the positives/negatives spaces of the human body and its movements and work around it to enhance it. Working with metals gives me the opportunity to manipulate the material and design something with texture, contrast, planes and color so spectacular that will stimulate someone’s feelings and want to wear it.
My clientele is mostly people that love art and design. Persons that don't like to have what everyone has and see the value of a handmade piece of art. Most of my clients are architects and art collectors.
I enjoy talking to my clientele and feel how my work stimulates and brings great emotions. Emotions that they are not even aware they are feeling at that moment, but they just feel great exposed to a piece of art they like. In a world that is full of so many controversies, art is a very special aspect that gives us some balance and harmony and I am happy to be part of it.
Graphic designer Media, graphic, printing, culture, design
1991, Graphic Design and Metals, BFA, Moore College of Art and Design, PHILADELPHIA/USA.
1989, Summer Job during College, Assisted the Design Director, Badillo Saatchi & Saatchi, SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO.
1990, Summer Job during College, Lopito Ileana & Howie advertising co., SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO.
1991-1992, Graphic Designer, small family own print shop in Philadelphia, PHILADELPHIA, USA
1992-1994, Digital Photo Editor, Elmendorf Colors Inc, SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO.
1992-1999, Freelance Graphic Designer, SAN JUAN,PUERTO RICO
1994-1997, Silversmith, Blondet Studio, SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
2008-present, Jewelry Designer, Maria Blondet, SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
1994, "Arte para Lucir", Blondet Studio, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1994, "Arte para Lucir", Centro Europa, Museo Contemporáneo, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2008, "Habitante del Universo", Blondet Studio, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2009, "Habitante del Universo", Museum of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2011, "María Blondet@ Reinhold", Reinhold Jewelry, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2012, "Mother's Day'', Reinhold Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico
2012, "María Blondet@ Reinhold", Reinhold Jewelry, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2013, "María Blondet@ Christmas Reinhold", Reinhold Jewelry, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2014, "María Blondet@ Reinhold", Reinhold Jewelry, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2013, "Mother's Day with María Blondet", Reinhold Jewelry, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2013, Puerto Rico Fashion Week'', Reinhold Hotel San Juan, Puerto Rico
2012, "Celebrate Puerto Rico", Reinhold Jewelry Plaza Las Américas, SJ, PR
2013, "Christmas with Designers'', Reinhold Hotel SJ, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2013, "FAD Feria de Arte y Diseño'', Galeria Nacional, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2013, ''Puerto Rico Diseña'', Caguas, Puerto Rico.
2014, Puerto Rico Day, Reinhold Jewelry, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2015, Goldie Paley Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
2013, The Jewel of Puerto Rico, Colaborator for Silent Auction, Gala Dinner San Jose Church, SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
2014, The Jewel of Puerto Rico, Colaborator for Silent Auction, Gala Dinner San Jose Church, SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
2003, “Atributos del rey de los metales”, El Nuevo Dia, pag 12, April 19, San Juan/Puerto Rico
2003, “Para sentirse especial”, El Nuevo Dia, pag 9, December 2, San Juan/Puerto Rico
2009, “In Shop”, OCEAN DRIVE, pag 26, August-September, San Juan/Puerto Rico
2009, “Unique”, CARAS, pag 400, May, San Juan/Puerto Rico
2009, “Misterios Universales”, El Nuevo Dia, December, San Juan/Puerto Rico
2010, “Trayectoria de Exitos”, El Nuevo Dia, pag 44, May 2, San Juan/Puerto Rico
2010, ‘’El Perfecto Orden Imperfecto”, OCEAN DRIVE, pages 74-75, June-July, San Juan/Puerto Rico
2011, “C’est Chic”, OCEAN DRIVE, pages 52, February-March, San Juan/Puerto Rico
2011, “Adornada de sentimientos”, El Nuevo Dia, pages 4-5, February 17, San Juan/Puerto Rico
2011, “C’est Chic”, OCEAN DRIVE, pages 60, April-May, San Juan/Puerto Rico
2011, ‘’Viva e Intensa’’, CARAS, pages 51-53, March, San Juan/Puerto Rico
2011, ‘’Orfebre Contemporánea’’, CARAS, pag.46, April, San Juan/Puerto Rico
2011, ‘’De todo’’, CHIC SOUTH, pag. 7, summer, San Juan/Puerto Rico
2012, “Maria Blondet”, OCEAN DRIVE, pag 30, April-May, San Juan/Puerto Rico
2012, ‘’Ritmo, Armonia y Color’’, EL NUEVO DIA, pages 22-23, December , San Juan/Puerto Rico
2012, ‘’incansable Marie Helene Morrow’’, HOLA , pages 64-65, San Juan/Puerto Rico
2013, ‘’Diseñadores One of a Kind’’, CARAS, pages 88-89, January, San Juan/Puerto Rico
2015, ‘’Joyas Design’’, NUEVO ESTILO, pages, 178-179, June, Madrid/Spain
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2015, MJSA, USA
2009-present, Museum of Puerto Rico, Design Jewelry for their store.
2010-present, Reinhold Jewelry, Design Jewelry for their stores.
2010-present, Museum of Ponce, Design Jewelry for their shop
2012, J. Walter Thompson, Designed the presents for the special guests of Puerto Rico's Governor's inauguration.
2013, PRG, Designed cuff links for USA political persons visiting Puerto Rico's Governor.
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