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Exhibition  /  17 Apr 2010  -  05 May 2010
Published: 31.03.2010
Dulceria de Celaya
Management:
Jorge Huguenin
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(...) Felieke van der Leest and Laura de Alba - together, they converse about history, tradition, color, textiles and jewellery and present a small exhibition of their work that, for two weeks will coexist with the cheerful and capricious forms of Mexican sweets. (...)

Artist list

Felieke van der Leest, Laura de Alba
Traditional Mexican candies are as mestizo as Mexicans themselves. Milk and bread came from Europe to meet the native fruits, nuts, berries and flowers, such as chocolate and vanilla, pumpkin, cactus fruit or amaranto seeds. Over 120 varieties of sweets born from the marriage are still sold at Dulcería de Celaya: camotes or  yams mashed into little tubes, glazed and individually wrapped; tepopozte, made from hominy, cinnamon, aniseed, brown sugar and sage leaves; nogada, walnut-based chocolate nougat made with sugar, eggs and butter; muéganos, hollow flour balls coated with caramel, then sprinkled with nuts and palanqueta – peanut brittle.

For the past century-and-a quarter, the place to stock up on such classic Mexican candy both for locals and foreign has been Dulcería Celaya at the Historic Center of Mexico City.  The shop opened in 1874 and, since 1900 it has been located at the Art Nouveau building at the bustling  street of Cinco de Mayo. Originally located at Calle de Plateros (or Street of the Silversmiths), the orated interiors of Dulcería de Celaya could not serve as a better scenery for the meeting of two jewellery artists: Mexican Laura de Alba and Dutch Felieke van der Leest.
Felieke van der Leest is a story teller, who has brought the use of textile art to a new dimension, crocheting impossible animals and fantastic characters. Laura de Alba is a textile artist whose ideas often end up turning into frolicking ornaments. Together, they converse about history, tradition, color, textiles and jewellery and present a small exhibition of their work that, for two weeks will coexist with the cheerful and capricious forms of Mexican sweets.

Felieke, van der Leest
. Brooch: Lolo Pop
. Textile, crystal beads, metal.
Felieke, van der Leest
Brooch: Lolo Pop
Textile, crystal beads, metal

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Felieke van der Leest. Ring: Candy Rabbit. Textile. Felieke, van der LeestRings: Candy RabbitTextile. Felieke van der Leest
Ring: Candy Rabbit
Textile


Felieke, van der Leest
Rings: Candy Rabbit
Textile

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Laura de Alba. Necklace: Mascara I. Textile, found objects, candy. Laura, de AlbaNecklace: Mascara ITextile, found objects, candy. Laura de Alba
Necklace: Mascara I
Textile, found objects, candy


Laura, de Alba
Necklace: Mascara I
Textile, found objects, candy

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Laura de Alba. Necklace: Mascara II. Textile, found objects. Laura, de AlbaNecklace: Mascara IITextile, found objects. Laura de Alba
Necklace: Mascara II
Textile, found objects


Laura, de Alba
Necklace: Mascara II
Textile, found objects

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