On a recent European press junket, I had the pleasure of meeting Mexican born, LA-based jeweller Daniela Villegas. I was fascinated at the way she combined elements of nature -from feathers to the backs of beetles and porcupines – in a surrounding of imaginatively constructed precious metals and stones.
Where are you?
I am currently in Paris on
vacation enjoying my family and friends. I am also working on new designs- how can I not be inspired with all the beauty around me in this stunning city!
What are you up to at the moment?
My mind is filled with ideas, I am trying to organize and share with my team in LA.
I was born and raised in Mexico City.
I always dreamed of being a jewellery designer and today I am doing what I most love.
What are your hobbies or interests?
I also love teatime and chocolate…
My great grandmother Dolores (below centre of Daniela’s Grandparents) was a very elegant, classic and charming woman. She passed away when I was 21, she was my idol.
What did she represent to you at the time?
At the time she represented peace and admiration and of course love –
as she still does today watching over me.
Who are your favorite heroes/heroines of fiction? (film/literature/poetry/other) OR in real life?
Again, my great grandmother Dolores, Aung San Suu Kyi, (left) Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, René Lalique (middle) and Louisa May Alcott (right).
My inspiration comes mainly from my surroundings- nature, my friends and family in my daily life. I feel that life is both static and constantly changing, always surprising me with new and joyous things. It is these changes, yet the constants in my life that keep me inspired.
What do you love the most about jewellery?
I love what I do and I am fortunate enough to do what i love.
Jewellery to me is one that symbolizes celebration, sharing, giving and remembrance. But most of all it gives me the most pleasure when I see someone enjoying a piece that I made.
My husband, my family and my dog Tito, I’m obsessed with him, he makes me smile ALL the time.
What creative outlet would you- one day- like to pursue that you haven’t already?
I would love to create sculptures and one day, maybe a tiny restaurant with a communal table for 10 people, changing the menu everyday.
A good heart
What quality do you most admire in a man?
A good heart
In what ways has your life turned out as planned?
So far so good, thankful for what I have, I feel very blessed and lucky.
If money were absolutely no object, how would you live your life?
The same as I’m doing right now.
In one word, what does the world need most right now?