Challenge 2023 Jewelry and Travel


After all, the best way to travel is to feel.

Álvaro de Campos, in "Poemas" (free translation)


Traveling is probably one of the most enriching experiences.

Getting to know countries, people, landscapes or cities, different cultures, lifestyles, food, clothes, habits. Experiencing the world increases our awareness of being just another tiny grain of sand in this immense universe. It allows us to learn more about our surroundings and about ourselves.

We can travel alone or with company, without a destination or with maps. We can travel by car, boat, plane or train - and the way we absorb time and space will be totally different.

We can be tourists with scheduled guided tours or travelers with no destination or return date.

We keep records in the form of drawings, photographs, diaries… we collect memories that are as or more important than the journey itself, because they remain forever. Traveling alters our perception of time, showing us new sights, sounds and smells, opening up horizons.

We travel through unknown cities and feel that we could live there, as if we had found a friend. We surround ourselves with people who speak strange languages ​​and discover what a universal language can be. We can get lost and we may find ourselves.

But an important part of the journey can also be the return home - and how, upon returning, we feel different. And always bringing one or more adventures to tell.

Lessons of history, art or geography. Maps and suitcases, plane tickets and train schedules. Streets, squares, museums, ruins, mountain walks or the sea as far as the eye can see. Memories that we will keep forever and souvenirs that prove that the journey was real.

This year we invite artists to let themselves be freely inspired by the immense world of travel - let jewelers from all over the world take us traveling worldwide. Happy travels!  



Ana Pina (Portugal) | jeweler, founder/curator of Tincal lab

Graduates in architecture (FAUP, 2004) and works in this area for some years before discovering the world of jewelry. Jeweler and gallerist, she now divides her work between her personal brand, launched in 2012, and Tincal lab, that is since 2015 an active contemporary jewelry workshop and exhibition space in the center of Porto.

In her work Ana Pina creates unique pieces or limited collections of jewels with a strong abstract and geometric inspiration.


Lara Solia Barenboim (Argentina) | winner of Tincal lab Challenge 2022 Selection of the Jury Award

Lara Solia Barenboim was born in Argentina and raised between Argentina and Brazil. She studied jewelry at Taller Eloi (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and was an exchange student at Cranbrook Academy of Arts (Detroit, United States). She attended seminars with Lori Talcott, Alberte Tranberg, Rodrigo Acosta Arias.

Currently lives and works in Buenos Aires collaborating with different fashion brands as an embroiderer. Her graduation work was shown at Galerie MARZEE (Netherlands) and her work has been exhibited at Galeria Alice Floriano (Brazil), Tincal lab (Portugal) and in the biennial Melting Point in 2023 (Spain).


Nóra Tengely (Hungary) | jewelry designer, member of the Budapest Jewelry Week organization

Nóra Tengely is a jewelry designer based in Budapest, specialized in unique or limited edition jewelry. With studies in the Haute École d’Art et de Design (Geneva) and Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (Budapest), she is part of the Budapest Jewelry Week organization.

In her body of work she focus on chains, constructing, deconstructing and reconstructing, treating it as a material, searching for new functions, new forms - new concept of chain.


78 jewelers from 31 countries were selected.
On exhibition at Tincal lab from 11th of November to 31st of December of 2023.


Selection of the Jury: Judy McCaig (GB).

Selection of the Public (voting in person and online): Jane Sedgwick (GB) + FESTIVO design (CO).

Alain Roggeman (BE) | Alice Lobato (BR) | Amàlgama Jewels (IT) | Ana Azevedo (PT) | Ana Maria Pardon (AR) | Andrea Serini (AR) | Anna Vlahos (AU) | Anne Luz Castellanos (MX) | Barbora Lexová (CZ) | Be García (ES) | Blind Spot Jewellery (IT) | Burcu Büyükünal (TR) | Carmen Romero (AR) | Catoro (ES) | Cecilia Lopez Bravo (US) | Chu Winnie Cheung (CN) | Cleopatra Cosulet (RO) | Clodagh Molloy (IE) | Cristina Celis (MX) | Derya Çiçekçiler (TR) | Egle Silko Jewelry (LT) | Eighteen (Yihan) Yuan (CN) | Elvira Cibotti (AR) | Eszter Zámori (HU) | FESTIVO design (CO) | Gabi Nirino (AR) | Gabriela Marcos (AR) | Giulia Lanza (IT) | Hilde Dramstad (NO) | Inês Sobreira (PT) | Iona Nieva (AR) | Iris Hummer (AT) | Jane Sedgwick (GB) | Janka Kreisz (HU) | Jewoon Lim (KR) | Jimena Garrido (AR) | Joshua Kosker (US) | Judy McCaig (GB) | Kaia Ansip (EE) | Kamilė Stanelienė (LT) | Kateřina Jirsová (CZ) | Katja Toporski (DE) | Kerianne Quick (US) | Lauryna Kiskyte (LT) | Lena Echelle (US) | Luca Sági (HU) | Lucia Laredo Paz (PE) | Luna Ventura (AR) | Lunante (IT) | Maja Houtman (NL) | Marcin Bogusław (PL) | Margarita Malliri (GR) | Maria Benedita (PT) | Maria Eugenia Ramos (AR) | Mariana Cazzulino (AR) | Marta Armada (ES) | Melis Agabigum (US) | Misaki Nomoto (JP) | Nanna Grønborg (DK) | Nathalia Canamary (BR) | Nico Sales (ES) | Orsolya Kecskés (HU) | Patricia Iglesias (CL) | Patricia Mogni (AR) | Pilar Cotter (ES) | Pilar Viedma (ES) | Possante Jewelry (PT) | Rikke Lunnemann (DK) | Rita Besnyői (HU) | Salvador Vico (ES) | SeongHwan Hyun (KR) | Stephie Morawetz (AT) | Typhaine Le Monnier (FR) | Vica Gabor (HU) | Virginia Sprague (AU) | Vivienne Varay (US) | Young-ji Chi (KR) | Yukiko Kakimoto (JP)