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Art & Life with Betsy Flores

Today we’d like to introduce you to Betsy Flores.

Betsy, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I have always had an obsession with art and nature, my life revolves around creating. After of a decade of designing apparel in the Fashion Industry, I became aware of the environmental effects of manufacturing clothing and the damage it is doing to the planet. I wanted to create something that wouldn’t cause more harm, I wanted to create something beautiful that could heal. I took a more sustainable approach with my creativity and started a collection of my own to transcend the issues that the industry I’ve been in for so long has caused. I became fascinated with natural stones and crystals, and their multifaceted beauty and healing properties, so I decided to fuse my obsessions with my tendency to create something out of broken pieces of vintage jewelry, and this collection was born.

I am still active in the fashion industry, I do design & development consulting and work with start-ups to help them take their ideas into reality. Luckily, I know ethical manufacturers and materials vendors so I am able to help these clients realize their dreams and support sustainable manufacturers at the same time. I feel insanely blessed to be able to create what I believe in, and help others realize their dreams.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?

I have a passion for art and world changing design. All of me gets poured into my collections, I am always searching for pieces I can take apart and give a new life to. I have been focusing my energy on creating wearable art in the form of jewelry but will be adding accessories and apparel soon. I hand wrap, cut, create each piece in my LA studio and add the most beautiful stones I can get my hands on. Each stone is sourced from local independent crystal collectors, who over the years have become some of my spiritual mentors. Some have been sourced on site from sacred mines in Brazil, so each piece is something special.

I’m inspired by ancient Egypt, spiritual practices, architecture and more than anything by nature. The beauty of this Earth blows my mind every day. I believe that designers have a responsibility to create consciously, in all industries, in doing so both creators and consumers have an opportunity to change the world. This collection was created to honor nature, healing and self-empowerment. My intention is to help heal through these pieces, each stone and crystal carries energy and has amazing properties that transmit to the wearer. I also believe in creating without creating waste and do everything in my power to do so. The jewelry elements and metals I use are always locally sourced and upcycled from fragments of vintage findings. I strive to create pieces that transcend gender separation, to help evolve social mindsets and boundaries that exist today.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Don’t be afraid to start a conversation, you never know who you can inspire, or who can inspire you.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can see my work on our site: www.betsyflores.com or follow our journey on our Instagram @betsyflorescollection. I do a lot of pop-ups and post about events there, I’d love to meet you! I also do custom pieces, it’s so inspiring to hear about everyone’s personal journey and such an honor to create a talisman to help embody the energy needed. This collection is about healing and helping the environment, so if you’re not looking for jewelry, a way to support is by doing what you can in your life to live a life that creates less waste. Also, donating to genersity.org, or onetreeplanted.org. These are amazing organizations that help people have access to water, and an easy way to offset your own carbon footprint with just a few clicks.

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Image Credit:
photo 1: Lloyd Galbraith photo 2:Alexander Caesar Photo 3: Jasmine Safaeian Photo 4: Cameron Dunbar Photo 5: Cameron Dunbar, Jonny Georgeson Photo 6: Cameron Dunbar, Jonny Georgeson Photo 7: Shayan Asgharnia Photo 8: Lloyd Galbraith

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