When I was young, my mom taught me how to weave. I always saw it as a hobby, something to do during my spare time. A few years ago, when I faced some really hard moments in my personal life. I unconsciously turned to weaving as a refuge. It helped me think and organize my ideas; it was only me, the silence and the movement of knitting. The process gave me peace, realizing I could spend hours at a time weaving, and in that moment, I felt I could truly connect to my deepest self. I found light in the knots and myself in every weave. Quickly realizing how passionate I felt about it and eventually decided to share that feeling with the world. That’s when Filamentos was born.
2. WHERE ARE YOU ORIGINALLY FROM AND HAS YOUR UPBRINGING AND BACKGROUND SERVED AS INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WORK?
I am Venezuelan, after graduating from high school, I really didn't have concrete what I wanted to do with my life because I did not feel that there was a career that identified me,
Art comes in the blood, is something that everyone in my family has developed naturally. Although art always felt like it flowed in my veins, it did not shine in me until I faced one of the toughest years of my life and weaving was my way to heal processes. It is that magical connection that pulled me out of the emotional swamp in which I was submerged.
3. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STUDIO / HOME SPACE AND DOES IT REFLECT YOUR PERSONALITY?
My studio and my home are my temple, they are spaces full of warmth, a lot of stillness and energy that completely describes who I am. There are plants everywhere, I love plants and through them I describe the evolutionary process of my life. They grow depending on the light or shadows, teaching me and giving me strength each day.
4.DO YOU HAVE ANY SIGNATURE KNOT OR STYLE THAT DIFFERENTIATES YOU FROM OTHER FIBER ARTISTS?
The combination of materials, techniques and textures I use break the pattern of traditional macrame. I always try to go out of my comfort zone to create different pieces and the use of different materials give me a lot of freedom and inspiration.
5. WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS OF CREATION AND OR MAKING, DO YOU HAVE ANY RITUALS?
Always before starting to work I meditate with a candle and my incenses and then begin to connect with the threads, I let myself go, flow and I begin to feel. Gratefulness is present in everything I do, for a new day, and the opportunity to be here and continue to do what I love the most.
6.DO YOU GIVE IMPORTANCE IN THE INCORPORATION OF OTHER ELEMENTS IN YOUR WORK OTHER THAN FIBER?
So much importance! Incorporating materials is the result of creating magical pieces, there are no limits to anything, everything is possible and the power of creation is infinite.
7.HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR WORK DESCRIBES YOU AS AN ARTIST?
Free and infinite.
8. WHAT HAS MADE YOU HAPPY LATELY.
The beautiful path that has led me to create in freedom and without expectations
9. WHAT HAS BEEN AN EXPERIENCE THAT HAS MADE YOU GROW AS A FIBER ARTIST.
To create my first sculpture for Virgin.
10. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING IN THE FIBER COMMUNITY?
I would tell them to let themselves be carried away, to try the different textures and techniques. After experimenting and practicing they will feel identified with something in particular, where their creative will arrive and they will begin to create without limits.
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Beautiful. Do you have a tutorial for that piece you are holding? I love it! Thank you.