Throughout the duration of our current exhibition “Holy Tools!“, the blog of LA Joaillerie invites you to discover the artists participating in the exhibition. Through a tool-Portrait, discover their considerations on tools, their views on crafts and handmaking.
Carla Garcia Durlan ’s graphic design degree wasn’t enough so this, combined with the need to work with her hands and exploit her creativity makes her capable of overcoming any artistic obstacle that she comes across. Versatile and fearless, she allows the colourful brushstrokes to clash in her pieces and paintings, revealing boldness and spontaneity that characterises her. A set of coincidences is how she makes jewellery and discovers this world that allows her to unite illustration and painting with new materials, using everything available on her table to invent new techniques and convey her message.
– If you were a tool ?
I would be a brush. This tool connects me directly to my emotions. I would rather be a large brush, a large brush that leaves a spontaneous and imperfect trace.
– If you were a gesture ?
I would be a brushstroke , a quick and spontaneous stroke. Nevertheless, these strokes are often thoughtful, or stemming from a long-considered idea.
– What is your first or most significant memory related to tools ?
My first memory related to tools is to paint with my hands. Perhaps because I have seen the paper sheets on which I had painted as a child since. This is still one of the things that make me the most happy.
– Which is your favorite tool and why ?
I do not prefer a tool in particular, there are many that I like, but I especially like the tools that allow me to quickly transform the metal. Like the scissors, the hammer …
– Why did you choose working with my hands (and brain!) and what does it provide you ?
The jeweler, the artist or the craftsman work with their hands and therefore quickly connect with the soul. It is a source of self-knowledge and expression. The reason then shapes this process, leaves a part of it, to reorganize these material discoveries. In my opinion, a nice balance between rationality and intuition can potentiate the creator’s abilities.
– How do you consider the growing importance of technologies and machines (modelisation, laser, etc) and the vanishing of ancient know-hows ? How does this affect your practice or extend your possibilities ?
Technology is a supplementary instrument given to the artist. It must be used in such a way that it does not end up dominating the process and that the emotions I mentioned above do not disappear along the way.