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At the end, the piece becomes a dialogue, not the monologue I planned before starting. Nicolas Estrada interviewed by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 11.04.2019
Nicolas Estrada Nicolas Estrada
Author:
Klimt02
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2019
Nicolas Estrada. Brooch: Ghost in 2 – R-15, 2018. Agate, silver, steel.. Photo by: Joan Soto. Nicolas Estrada
Brooch: Ghost in 2 – R-15, 2018
Agate, silver, steel.
Photo by: Joan Soto
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Intro
Handmade is very important in my development, it is the technique/process that I enjoy the most, total connection with the materials and the creation.
What's local and universal in your artistic work?
Local: materials, universal: language

What do you expect when you show your work to the public (for example, with an exhibition)?
I expect people to be surprised, captivated and, ultimately, buy the pieces I made.

How important is handmade for you in your development?
Handmade is very important in my development, it is the technique/process that I enjoy the most, total connection with the materials and the creation.

What role does technics and technology play in your development?
The technics and the technology I use are very basic and usually outsourced.

When you start making a new piece what is your process?
Lots of thinking, a bit of sketching and a long time to concentrate and actually have the guts to sit down and do it. Once I manage to start, days pass by like nothing but starting is the real issue for me.

How much of it is a pre-formulated plan and how much do you let the material spontaneity lead you?
Well, I have a very preconceived plan of what I want to do and how I want to do it. But mostly everything changes during the process: materials speak, therefore, language changes and, in the end, the piece becomes a dialogue, not the monologue I planned before starting.

Are there any other areas besides the jewels present in your work?
Lots of emotions are present in my work.

How important is wearability in contemporary jewellery?
I think wearability should be much more relevant in contemporary jewellery.

And in your pieces?
In my pieces is very important but, I have to be honest, I am not always able to achieve the level of wearability that I always desire.

The last work, book, film, city that moved me was...
Work: Itto Mishima (jeweller), book: Homo Deus (Yuval Noah Harari), film: The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos), City: Nara (Japan).

What/who is the biggest influence in your career?
What: desire, who: my parents.

Which piece or job gave you more satisfaction?
The pieces I made for my master’s thesis during my years in Idar Oberstein.

What is your source to get information?
Instagram.

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?
Take a deep breath; this is going to be a tough road.

Can you describe your personality in 3 words.
Unsatisfied, hardworking, obsessive.

Describe your work in 3 words.
Satisfying, surprising, descriptive.
 
Nicolas Estrada. Ring: Moixeró, 2017. Wood, silver, gold, pearls, paint.. Photo by: Joan Soto. Nicolas Estrada
Ring: Moixeró, 2017
Wood, silver, gold, pearls, paint.
Photo by: Joan Soto
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