County: King County
Grants for Artists' Progress (GAP) 2021
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Gabriel-Bello Diaz is a Puerto Rican artist, designer and instructor. He combines 3D printing and laser cut technology with leather to create custom high end products for clients including: accessories, jewelry, bags and various garments. He has curated half a dozen fashion shows focused on using fashion as an art form to express a deeper dialogue. Ancestral Future was his proudest fashion vision of highlighting indigenous and ancestral traditions of textiles and symbols through digital fabrication to help hidden stories of our community emerge. He is currently working on a line of high end bags through collaborating with local artists and fusing their paintings with leather to tell stories of our communities.
Bridging his skills in fashion, writing and community organizing he launched a publication, AntiSocial, late 2019 that highlights artists telling their own stories on navigating Seattle through various art industries. This collection of perspectives are accompanied with photoshoots and the writers / artists as models wearing local brands. From cover to cover this fashion editorial speaks loudly on the diversity Seattle has to offer and the beautiful behind the scenes collaborations with community members.
With his experience as an artist and entrepreneur he spends a lot of his time around supporting youth education. Before branching out on his own, he was a public school educator in engineering for Technical Access Foundation Academy. Now working with Pratt Fine Arts, Seattle Public Schools, Seattle Art Museum, Nordic Museum and other cultural organizations he seeks opportunities for youth to shine in the art world while connecting them to mentorship opportunities around Seattle.
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Gabriel-Bello Diaz (Model: Hanna Gebrehiwet), Zodiac Jewelry, Lasercut Wood, size varies, Photo credit =Kaylen Jay So
Gabriel-Bello Diaz, Ancestral Clutch, Lasercut Leather, 5 x 8 x 1, (Photo credit = self)
Gabriel-Bello Diaz, FuckYou/Pay Me AfroPunk, Lasercut Acrylic & wood, 1x2.5, (Photo credit = self)
Gabriel-Bello Diaz, Longitude/Latitude Travel Duffle, Lasercut Leather, 30 x 20 x 20, 2019, (Photo credit = self)
Gabriel-Bello Diaz, Geometric Purse, Lasercut Leather, 8 x 2 x 10, 2018, (Photo credit = self)