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Liquid metal jewelry by Colombian artist, Sergio Gutierrez, is now being featured at the Butter Paddle. Sergio moved to San Francisco in 1971 where he began researching ways of using ball chain to create a mesh like fabric. After two years, he developed what is now the basis of his “Liquid Metal Mesh” jewelry and accessory line.  Designer Betsy Johnson was the first to approach Sergio about creating exclusive designs for her chain of retail stores.  He decided to relocate to Miami and then came companies such as Nordstrom, Babe and, Cache.  He developed techniques for incorporating his “Liquid Metal Mesh” with leather bags, bracelets, belts and jackets along with blue jean pants and skirts.

In 2003, he was granted a patent for creating a unique technique he has named, “Liquid Microchips”, electronic circuitry components have been altered to resemble the most delicate, intricate decorative elements. Sergio fondly refers to them as the “skeletons of today's inside technology”. These “skeletons” are incorporated into his mesh, objects collection and leather items.

His designs are collected and worn by celebrities such as Demi Moore, Cher, Marilyn Manson, Sara Michelle Gellar, Tony Braxton, Sharon Stone, Tyra Banks and many more.  Clients who wear his jewelry and accessories daily, as if they were extension of themselves, value the comfort and uniqueness of the wonderful mesh designs Sergio has created.


Mariposa began in 1980 in Mexico as a small family business that transformed soft-drink bottles into modern glassware. Back then the company had no idea that it would eventually become a leader in handmade tableware, embracing the arts of ceramics, aluminum, cutlery, and glass in myriad forms and textures from around the world.  Yet they were already pursuing several goals:  • To bring innovative design to a refined, age-old process where little had changed for centuries. • To make a local art international - - subtle, beautiful, and contemporary.

At Mariposa the many unique collections are a result of the strong and original aesthetic of the designers combined with the superior technique of all their artisans worldwide.  They never take their mastery for granted, for it comes from generations working together to learn a process and an art, growing up amid a handmade way of life.  Often a designer forces craftsmen to find new solutions to new problems.  They love to propose a challenging new piece, then watch the craftmen find a way to solve the problems without losing the precision or the warmth of the designer's intent, or the character that springs from the tiniest details.

We are dedicated to seeking out the most original designers and the finest artisans from around the world to create daring tableware and accessories in a myriad of materials…steeped in the crafts tradition, yet tailored to a design-conscious lifestyle, such as the Sueno line featured in the photo.

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