Q&A With Local Jeweller Dina Gonzalez Mascaro
One or twice a week Scout poses 60 questions to a local who has made life in BC that much more interesting. They pick and choose which ones they’d prefer to answer, with a minimum response rate of 20. A Rorschach test, for sure…
Dina Gonzalez Mascaro is an artist from Argentina now living in Vancouver. Her work has been exhibited in commercial galleries and artist-run centres in Argentina and in Vancouver, Banff, and Toronto. Mascaro holds a Masters degree in Fine Arts with a major in sculpture from Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a jeweller, Dina is self-taught. Her jewellery is her sculpture. In July of 2008, she opened JewellerBau Gallery 42 – a studio and shop located on Main Street.
Three things about your neighbourhood that make you want to live there: Mount Pleasant: easy going, working class, not pretentious.
The thing that you eat that is bad for you that you will never stop eating: ICE CREAM.
Default drink: Black beer.
Drink you’ll never have again: Ginebra (like vodka but stronger)
The first thing that you thought when you saw Vancouver: “What a clean city!”
Favourite Vancouver bridge: The Alex Fraser.
Best Vancouver patio: My friend Megan Ellis’s patio.
One thing you’d like to change about Vancouver: The lack of culture.
What made you decide to become a jeweller: Instant and fun job.
Cheap place for dinner: My home or “The Foundation”.
Book you’re reading: “The Man Game” by Lee Henderson.
Last place traveled: The Okanagan.
Biggest fear: Don’t see my parents again.
If you could rename yourself: Coch.
Your ancestry: Argentinians coming from Spain (Basque Republic).
Under what circumstances would you join the army: Under no circumstance.
Your paternal grandfather’s personal story: My grandfather was a gambler – for that reason sometimes he and his family lived in palaces and sometimes in slum. He changed homes 34 times. He died when I was 1 year old…He worked in the famous café Tortoni as a waiter.
Dumbest purchase ever: Madonna tickets for her BC Place concert.
What are you proud of: Joelle my partner and Burana and Rudy (my dogs)
The thing that makes you the angriest: At this time, the apathy of Vancouverites…
Saddest thing about Vancouver: Downtown East Side.
Ice cream flavour: Pistachio.
Most beautiful body of water: A cave in Banff with a secret green lake.
Food your mom makes better than anyone: Pasta.
Talent you wish you possessed: The language chip.
The trend you wish you never followed, but did: Cocaine.
Musical instrument you long to play: Bandoneón (Argentinian accordion).
Sport you gave up: Basketball.
Grooming products: None.
The game you’re best at: None.
Mac or PC: Some Mac.
Favourite sports team: River Plate (Argentinian soocer team).
The number of fist fights you’ve been in: With my identical twin sister, at least 3000.
The scariest situation you’ve ever been in: In a slum between a gang of very scary people and the police.
Three things of no value that you will keep until you die: A mechanical pencil (a gift from my best friend), books of my drawings, and pictures of all my dogs.
Local person you admire most: Gordon Smith, the painter.
The thing you’re most ashamed of: Being depressed.
Best concert experience ever: Bjork at Deer Lake Park.
Dream car: 1965 Porsche, black with brown interior.
The dish you’re proud of: Milanesas con papas fritas.
The thing that makes you the most nervous: Waiting.
Town you were born in: Tres Arroyos, province of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Old television shows you can tolerate re-runs of: Kung Fu with David Carradine.
First memory: Looking in a mirror with my twin sister during the siesta. We were one and a half.
Album that first made you love music: My dad’s Benny Goodman collection.
The career path you considered but never followed: Architecture.
The one country that you have no interest in ever visiting: China.
The first three things you do every morning: Make mate and drink it and take the dogs out.
The thing you’re addicted to: No more addiction for me…thanks.
Biggest hope: These days, that Obama changes some game rules…
Luckiest moment of your life: The day I was born…
Favourite book as a child As a child: I was all about sports, but at 12 or 13 Steppenwolf by Herman Hess was my favorite.