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.

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Scout Q&A

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.

Three websites you visit every day: Argentinian news papers, fotolog and my blog.

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.

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Visit JewellerBau gallery 42, at 2408 Main Street in Vancouver to see Dina’s fantastic work.

3 Responses to “Q&A With Local Jeweller Dina Gonzalez Mascaro”

  1. Alex M. on March 20th, 2009 6:27 pm

    China not worth visiting? Have to admit, I think this is an odd question to begin with. What country isn’t worth at least a visit?

  2. Scout Magazine on March 20th, 2009 6:35 pm

    It’s one of my favourites…

  3. dina gonzález mascaró on March 20th, 2009 10:54 pm

    well that was my answer..
    and i think it is an amazing question !!!…