Sol Proaño creates one-of-a-kind jewelry that marries her South American roots with American minimalistic style. Her pieces feature clean lines and interesting shapes, incorporating textural elements such as leather braiding and metal hammering. The result is wearable art that is unassuming, graceful and distinctive.
Sol Proaño jewelry is made primarily with recycled materials that are purchased, whenever possible, from other US-based businesses. All Sol Proaño pieces are crafted with love in New York City, and have been sold in celebrated retailers including Anthropologie, Macy’s, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
I’ve always been moved by great design and throughout my entire life I’ve created with my hands. When I was 27 years old, I moved from Chile to the United States and settled in Los Angeles. There, I left my career as an Acoustical Engineer to go into an jewelry and design program at Pasadena City College. This experience gave me the creative and technical knowledge to incorporate metalwork into my jewelry and mixed-media wall art, first as Sol del Sur and now as Sol Proaño.
Currently living in NYC, through my craft practice I try to stay tuned to the feelings of connection and adventure I enjoyed traveling through Chile, still moved by the magical landscapes that I was able to witness and that I carry inside me wherever I am. I hope for you, the wearer, to pause and find those spaces within you. Those silent and open spaces that are within each of us.
drawing by artist Lila Freeman