JacQueline Sanchez Jewelry Designs

JacQueline Sanchez Jewelry Designs

About The Artist

JacQueline Sanchez • Portland, OR

LEGO bricks have been a big part of my practice. I sand, cut, drill and sandblast each lego piece. Sand blasting achieves a matte finish to create simplicity to a shinny beautiful toy brick. After I cut from the LEGO, eventually I recycle and use all the elements. My pieces over time have evolved into this new body of work telling my forever young story with more of a sophistication perspective while still honoring "play" in my collection called Portland Skies.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

I create my work using LEGO pieces, precious metals and diamonds. I cut, sand, drill, and sandblast LEGO pieces to alter their appearance. I try and recycle the LEGO bricks as much as I can and use all the pieces I cut from them. Craftsmanship is very important to me so I am always trying to hand fabricate all my clasps and create connections that are unique and surprising to the wearer.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I was very interested in using color in my work but through my career as a jeweler I was never drawn to colored stones. I wanted to work with plastic but realized it would be too toxic to create in a small studio. 10 years into my career I had a eureka moment when I thought of LEGO bricks. I instantly fell in love with these beautiful toys and the community that follows them. Using LEGO bricks in my work has completely changed my life and how I create. I can make people happy, bring out their childhood memories, give them a memory of their children or just offer a modern piece of wearable art.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

Using LEGO bricks in my work is unexpected to some but most have a relationship with LEGO in some way. I feel my work is unique since it appeals to such a large demographic. Such as Architects, teachers, parents, people who have played with LEGO, adults who still play with LEGO, and those who like simple modern design. I am very fortunate the LEGO group embraces my idea and supports my practice.