Wearability plays an important role in my work, but sometimes I make compromises. Dimitar Stankov inteviewed by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 18.03.2019
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Dimitar Stankov. Neckpiece: Sahtia, 2018. Copper, patina.. 44 x 12 x 4.5 cm. Photo by: Dimitar Stankov. From series: Marva. Dimitar Stankov
Neckpiece: Sahtia, 2018
Copper, patina.
44 x 12 x 4.5 cm
Photo by: Dimitar Stankov
From series: Marva
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Using old craft techniques taught by the old masters combined with new technology gives me a lot of satisfaction and inspiration.
What do you expect when you show your work to the public (for example, with an exhibition)?
As I express my feeling, emotions and unsaid words in my work I expect to see the audience reaction and I’m amazed how different everyone reacts and what associations they make with my work.

How important is handmade for you in your development? What role does technics and technology play in your development?
I always make my pieces by hand. Nevertheless, technology takes a big part of my research and making process. I very much like the idea of combining art and science. Using old craft techniques taught by the old masters combined with new technology gives me a lot of satisfaction and inspiration.

When do you start making a new piece what is your process? How much of it is a pre-formulated plan and how much do you let the material spontaneity lead you?
I start with a certain idea. What comes next is the material choice. That, of course, might change a lot during the research process but I’m not afraid of that because it always happens in my artistic practice. Recently I use organic materials in my work and they change a lot during the process. I push the boundaries of the materials and see how far I can go which also leads to unexpected results.

Are there any other areas besides the jewels present in your work?
During my secondary education and my studies at the Art Academy in Sofia, I was mainly trained as a sculptor. I did a lot of model drawing and portraits and that’s one of the reasons I’m inspired so much by the human body and everything linked to it on a material or spiritual basis. I believe this is one of the reasons that push me to go bigger in scale.

How important is wearability in contemporary jewellery? And in your pieces?
Wearability plays an important role in my work. When making my pieces I think about the wearer and how the piece can be worn or how it would stay on the body. But as its not everyday jewellery sometimes I make compromises.

The last work, book, film, city that moved me was...
I’m a fan of European cinema. Directors like Wim Wenders, Julio Medem, Almodovar are very inspiring to me. Not to forget David Lynch from overseas.
A few years ago I have visited Alchimia school in Florence. The whole atmosphere and experience definitely left a deep trace in my soul.
The books of Haruki Murakami.

What/who is the biggest influence in your career?
Till now the Bulgarian folklore, traditions, and rituals is what gives me inspiration and influences my work the most.

What is your source to get information?
On the first place, it’s the social media and the internet and then the books.

Considering the experiences you have had over the years - if you could go back and give yourself a piece of advice for the start-up phase, what would that be?
Jump in the deep water and follow your heart.