For the seventh edition of our Artist in Residence series we invited the girls behind creative platform Living – Rooms, a mobile showcase that presents works of art,design and craftsmanship in existing homes.
Welcome to The Loft, please introduce yourself.
We’re autonomous designers, friends and co-creators Sara Martin Mazorra and Merel Slootheer, we met at the basic year of De Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. After graduating at separate departments (Sara TXT and Merel designLAB) we started sharing a studio space where our joined fascinations come together in our individual work as well as in collaborative projects. The most most recent project is our creative showcase-at-home platform: Living – Rooms. Sara just finished a Master in Fashion Strategy and Merel has a background as jewelry designer and goldsmith.
What materials do you usually work with and what did you bring today?
We brought loads of stuff with us today! We’re super excited and hope we have enough time today to work with all of it: a selection of work by several of our Living – Rooms creatives: Caroline de Bruijn, Ikram El Messaoudi, Karlien van Leeuwen, Evert Nijland and Eva Vrieling. The Loft is stunning, the light is magical, we would love to play around with our items in this space and see how they could enhance each other. To give you an impression of what we make together, we brought a pair of pumps and all kinds of cacti and succulents, for this occasion we would love to make a special desert edition of our ’grow shoes’ and give them a nice spot somewhere in the space for the day.
I also brought an old ceramic duck and a small handsaw with a special blade to dissect it. I’m working on a ‘transformer’ piece, were I combine the spilt chunks of ceramics with a sterling silver hinge construction. It should become a wearable experimental version of my ’dissected ceramics’ series, which I hopefully can reveal in October during our upcoming event at the DDW 2015 in Eindhoven.
I’m working on new pieces within my ‘Parasitic Embroidery’ series, where I embroider with thread onto existing flowers and plants and find different ways of preserving them from decay. I’m currently working on Monstera leaves which I press and dry behind big glass frames.
Which artist or designer is a source of inspiration for you?
There’s not one specific artist or designer that inspires me… But I’m always looking for work that’s developed uncompromisingly. It can be literally anything: music, movies, photography, architecture, illustrations, art, design, anything created. It’s a search for sincerity, I just need to sense that there was some sort of urge, a necessity for the artist to make the work exactly the way it was made.
For me it’s quite the same, there isn’t one specific artist or art movement. I do have a nerdy love for natural processes like growth and decay and I guess I feel most attracted to Wabi Sabi, Romanticism but just as strongly to Sci-Fi. I love the balance and opposition between the natural and man-made. And when I look at work I love to see a personal handwriting, a makers’s mark, I’m a sucker for tactility and materials.
If you could invent a name for an art movement you belong to, what would it be?
We like to work within the fields of art, design and craftsmanship. But a name is very complicated to come up with… We can say that all the work we select for Living – Rooms does comply with this combination of recurring themes: natural habitat, biophilia, antonyms, ambivalence, imperfection, obsession, transience, metamorphosis, growth, collecting, the expiration of time…
What kind of work do you usually make and how was it different today?
We wanted to give a glimpse on how we usually work when we are making things and how we incorporate tis into our practice within Living – Rooms. There wasn’t a big difference in our process, just in setting.
What will you tell your friends about The Loft?
That it’s an amazing space to work, the light, the atmosphere, very impressive and worth visiting, I would love to live there.
It’s good to be challenged once in a while by working in a completely different setting, it makes you look at your work from a new perspective.
Discover more about Living – Rooms here.
Pictures by Wouter van der Wolk.