GABRIELA AND TERESITA ARTIGAS

NATALIA BONIFACCI MEETS GABRIELA AND TERESITA ARTIGAS FOR REDMILK. ARTIGAS SISTERS WERE BORN IN MEXICO CITY, WHERE THEY GREW UP TOGETHER BEFORE RELOCATING TO LOS ANGELES. INSPIRED BY THEIR MULTICULTURAL BACKGROUND AND THE CLOSENESS TO THEIR FAMILY, GABRIELA AND TERESITA CREATE JEWELS WITH SPECIAL SHAPES AND A STRONG AESTHETIC. HERE YOU CAN FIND WHAT THEY SHARE ABOUT IT ALL...

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If you were a piece of jewelry today which one would you be and why?
T: An earring, I find ears really beautiful, I don’t know, I just like earlobes.
G: For sure, one hundred per cent, a ring, because I find hands very attractive and, also, they are a very important way of communication. A lot of people talk with their hands and it’s the first thing I look when I meet someone for the first time.

Describe yourself in three words
T: Loud, funny and hyperactive.
G: Shy, giggly and… I’m quiet.

Which talent you don’t have and you wish you had?
T: Memory. I think memory is a talent. You develop it, I mean to have good memory you have to acquire it, you have to build your brain and I wish I did something to exercise my memory…
G: Drawing. I really wish I was a good drawer because it cost me a lot of pain in my young years the fact that I couldn’t draw.

You both speak different languages. What language do you dream in?
T:
Spanish.
G: Spanish.

Which part of your job do you like the most?
T:
Meeting people, talking to people. I really like involving someone new into my world, into the jewelry line, into something that I love and that I am proud of.
G: The creative process. I love the entire creative process because I love seeing a finished product, it just makes me very happy.

Which part of you job do you like the least?
T: Pursuing payments. (she laughs) When they don’t pay and I have to email them a hundred times.
G: Production. Well, when a piece doesn’t come out the way I want it to be. It’s frustrating because I have a very specific idea of how I want the piece to turn out, so when it doesn’t… I hate that. But I love my job.

You’re both Mexican. Which characteristics of you heritage to you think you have?
T: The passion. We’re very passionate, and we’re very friendly and open. Well, maybe not THAT open! (laughs) But we’re very friendly, and passionate, and giving. I find Mexicans very giving. I mean, you’re in our house, it’s that easy to be welcomed in our house.
G: The family bondage. I think we all are very close to one another, we’re so close, not even just me and my sister, it’s me and my mother and my brother Alex and Oliver, my nephew, and just everyone, we see each other every day, and if it’s not every day, it’s every other day. The bondage towards family. We’re family, but we’re also best friends.

You have chosen LA as your home-base. What do you love about your city?
T:
I love that I don’t feel LA as a city, I feel it’s like a very communal, very tiny towns all together. Coming from Mexico City, you’re talking about a city. You’re talking about seeing thousands of people on the street, it’s crazy, it’s madness, it’s like a little anti-nest. So LA is very spread out. I love the community. I love the respect that the LA community have for their city. The gardens are clean, the streets are clean, I love the neighborhood experience, it’s very respectful.
G: I like the freedom. I like LA because it’s wide and it’s open, and you don’t feel claustrophobic. Even when I work in downtown, there’s still air blowing.

When you were little what did you wanna be when you grew up?
T: I had a phase that I wanted to be a nun. (laughs) And then I wanted to be a notary.
G: A detective, or a lawyer solving criminal cases. But I was always focused into something regarding fashion, more than fashion, an aesthetic. I knew that that was just my area.

You never leave your home without?
T: My lighter and cigarettes probably… (she laughs)
G: My bag. And my bag has to have at least three different chapsticks. Or some kind of lipbalm.

When and where was the last time you said “I love you” to someone and who did you say it to?
T:
To Carlos my amazing husband this morning before leaving for boxing class.
G: To my mom actually on my way back from lunch, maybe like two hours ago.

What makes you happy?
T: Everything? I don’t know, I mean, I’m at a point where everything is working really really well for me. Gabi makes me happy, Antonia makes me happy, Carlos makes me happy, my plans make me happy, yeah, everything, I can’t complain.
G: At this point, my life. I’m very satisfied, I just couldn’t hope for something more, I’m one hundred per cent fulfilled. Everything that’s around me is making me so happy.

What frightens you?
T: Ghosts and gobblings. (we all laugh like crazy)
G: Ghosts! (laughing) I’ve been having these nightmares that there are ghosts in my house, I don’t know why, but it’s true! And losing Harry, my dog. I’m just so alert of him, because he’s been not the best behaved dog so I’m always scared of something happening to him.

What’s your motto?
T: Be humble. Be very humble. You’re never THERE. Keep trying and keep pushing. I believe in hard work and being very humble about everything.
G: Balance. I just think everything is about teamwork and I believe that you can’t conquer the world by yourself, I believe that you always need a team.

Official Web Site: www.gabrielaartigas.com