Meet The Maker – Gabriela Szulman

Gabriella Szulman

Say hello to Gabriela and I know you will make Gabriela feel at home here at Heart Gallery, she’s a newbie to the North! After a short trip to Brighton earlier this year to stay with one of my artist’s down there, Teresa Winchester, and a day in London visiting various places for inspiration including MADE, I came across Gabriela’s fascinating work.

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Gabriela grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but South London has been her home for many years now. She lives in Camberwell, where she attended the College of Art in the early 90s. After graduation, Gabriela ran a ceramics studio for twelve years, supplying a number of galleries across the UK and also selling internationally.

doll 5 0716 low resMore recently her work has changed direction and she moved away from clay to start exploring ideas on paper and canvas, which led her to take an MA in studio printmaking from The University of Brighton, completed in 2007.

round butterfly brooch 0716 low resGabriela’s current work draws on memory, nostalgia and found images. Second-hand bookshops, junk shops, market stalls, attics and long-forgotten boxes are her treasure trove.

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The layering of found imagery and memorabilia through collage and decoupage runs across all her creations, and she uses both these techniques to create pictures, jewellery and art dolls, and she upcycles anything from shoes to furniture.

doll 3 0716 low resGabriela has a growing archive of vintage magazines, scraps of paper, postcards, letters and photographs that provide her with reference material and inspiration. She is also drawn to colour and pattern, both of which are strong elements in her work.

doll 4 0716 low resGabriela’s Vintage Collection comprises prints, cards, jewellery and art dolls and is inspired by her grandmother’s women’s magazines from the 40s and 50s, fashion, Victoriana, technical manuals and illustrated dictionaries among other things.

oval flower brooch 0716 low resHere at Heart Gallery we love the whimsical as you know so Gabriela’s work is simply perfect for us. Do call in to see her fab range of jewellery and art dolls that have now arrived safely with us … the ladies had a lovely time en route to Hebden Bridge and hope to make lots of friends in Yorkshire and beyond!

doll 1 0716 low resOh, by the way, if you are ever near Camberwell, Gabriela runs amazing workshops that I thoroughly recommend you try if you can. Find out more here.




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