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.
A philosophy student, Sandra Llusà made a career change looking for something that made her happy. A graduate of sculpture and artistic jewellery, she has found a place where her thoughts and feelings join together so that she can show them to others. She emphasizes the details of words and observes things that people don’t see. She protects them, she expands them, she admires them, the same as the small things that give life. She reflects on the small steps given and it is not surprising that her pieces represent this way of being.
– If you were a tool ?
If I were a tool, I would be the pliers. I would be the delicate pliers that turn into a precise extension of my fingers. Pliers usually go unnoticed, it is a silent tool, discreet and indispensable.
– If you were a gesture ?
I would be the gesture of removing the slight burrs of the metal with a very small and fine file.
– What is your first or most significant memory related to tools ?
My very first memory of a tool is a hole punch. One made of green and pink plastic with one hole.
– Which is your favorite tool and why ?
My favorite tool is the saw. I like the saw not only because of its shape but also the sawing action. There is that precise moment when the person, the action and the object meet and the action of sawing becomes fluid and easy. It’s a magical moment when the saw seems to move all by itself.
– Why did you choose working with my hands (and brain!) and what does it provide you ?
I’ve chosen to work with my hands because that’s how I think and understand things.
When I let my hands guiding myself, the head does not intervene and intuition takes over. Then, you necessarily use your head to have the work done by the hands. They are all interwoven throughout the process of creation. I do not feel time passing when working with my hands, and it makes me happy. Being able to work with this sensation is a luxury.
– 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 ?
The evolution of technologies is a great step forward, you just need to know why and how to use them. I think that know-how and technologies are compatible, we simply have to find a balance.