"We want our work to inspire an appreciation of the diversity and the beauty of the authentic, of the genuine and unique."
Luis and brother Raul, are the master artists behind Luis Mendez Artesanos in Salamanca Spain. The brothers took over the family business from their father and are continuing on the proud family tradition of silver filigree jewelry. Here he shares with us the story and history of his family.
These are our father's parents. Our grandmoder Julia Vieira, Our grandfather José Mª Mendes (1*) and the boy is our uncle Antonio Mendes. In our home town Tamames in the state of Salamanca. Spain 1.928
Our grandparents Julia & Jose Mª Mendes, were the founders of our workshop in 1928.
Our father Luis Méndez 20 years old in your workshop.
Tamames (Salamanca) Spain 1.952
Our uncle Álvaro working in the Mendez workshop.
Tamames. (Salamanca) 1.965
Our father Luis Méndez, uses a welding technique by ancient gasoline blowlamp.
Tamames. (Salamanca) Spain 1969
A young Luis Méndez - Filigree technique demonstration in Mainfranken Messe.
Würzburg (Bavaria) Germany 1983
Brothers Luis and Raul in their workshop.
Raul, Luis and Jerónimo Mendez, working in Tamames workshop.
Tamames (Salamanca) Sapin. 2014
Raul, Luis and Jerónimo Mendez, the hands behind the art.
Photo Credit: Gus Fernandez and Mendez Family.