06
Jun
09

Interviewing Constanza Fuentes of Alas del Sur

Constanza Fuentes Alasdelsur3

Today we are going to know an argentinian artist who lives in New York City and apart from being an architect she creates this beautiful necklaces you are going to see and other accesories you can see in her store.

The first time I saw her work I inmediately thought about the video I published a while ago about Mathematics, Nature and Crochet from Margaret Wertheim, and after I red the answers Constanza sent to me I discovered she assisted to the event.  It was very inspiring for her and her handmade creations are full of movement and harmony.

Now I let you know a bit more in this interview…

Personal information:

 

Tucuman-Argentina

Tucuman-Argentina

 My name is Constanza Fuentes I was born in Tucuman, a city located in northern Argentina … a beautiful city! I spent all my childhood, youth and more there with people I love and miss a lot. In 2005 I married Willy, also from Tucumán, and we moved to United States, the reason? … Study…. Texas was first and then New York where we live now … 3 very different places that influenced a lot in me and keep doing it. 

 

 

What do you do exactly? Tell us a little bit more about your business

Constanza Fuentes Alasdelsur1 My business is split between the architecture and my new venture: the design of knitted accessory. 
I am an architect working in a studio in Manhattan that designs oceanfront homes, modern architecture, but with a touch of traditional … like my accessories, I love the mix of the modern, the simple, but polished but with the coziness of the traditional.  
As for my line of accessories the main techniques are crochet and knitting, the materials I use are fiber yarn, wool or cotton strips, the idea is to create movement, play with textures, I love to investigate how to combine materials, shapes and volumes. 
At the moment I’m working on move my line of accessories to the next step, creating a whole world around it … the brand name is NARCIZO and you can find in www.narcizo.net in July 2009. For now you can access my accessories through my local Etsy www.alasdelsur.etsy.com 

 
How did you to start? Why?

After a few months in NY was eager to resume what had been shelved for one reason or another, I always liked knitting and sewing … but nothing serious, there was always something more important to do, I never took the time and I didn’talasdelsur give it the seriousness that perhaps it deserved. I attended a lecture/workshop at NYU The hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project Amazing! Highly recommended! A woolly celebration of the intersection of geometry and handicraft, and a testimony of the disappearing wonders of the marine world.

This was my first contact with the craft from a completely different; that was the great start. I began to attend various lectures, exhibitions, workshops… one of the last was The public-art installation organized by Knitter Please” … in Brooklyn. 
I began to realize that knitting is an activity that only produces utilitarian objects such as sweaters, but also it’s considerer as a way of producing art. 
In the middle of this flow of motivation, I started creating my necklaces that are a synthesis of all the images that my mind creates. After each conference I would come out full of energy and ideas believing I can achieve everything I propose.

 
What does inspire you?

Three Golds Necklace

Three Golds Necklace

In everything that surrounds me … I love cities, I love to walk, I enjoy it, I love to sit at a café on the sidewalk and observe, observe and analyze! Not necessarily have to be nice things; there are times that even the ugliest thing can inspire me, it just must have something to do that click in my head and suddenly all the ideas flow. New York is special for that, I really enjoy this city, after an afternoon walking around I would came back to my house with lot things inside me.

 

what do you enjoy most of this activity?

 
The process to achieve the final product and know that a person wearing a necklace made by me will enjoy it as much as I did while I was creating it. And I also love that my design can reach all parts of the world, even to places where I never thought; that is wonderful!

 
What expectations you have for the future?

 Obviously I would love to go even further! I love my art to grow and expand but always with a scale at which I feelDorado3-03comfortable and confident that my creations will keep my personal touch which I care a lot, I am very demanding with myself and with the objects I design …I would never offer something I would not wear. 

Links:

1.”The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project”:http://www.theiff.org/reef/index.html

2.”The public-art installation organized by Knitta Please”en Brooklyn: www.knittaplease.com

3. Etsy Store: www.alasdelsur.etsy.com

4. Upcoming store: www.narcizo.net

5. Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/narcizo

6. Blogs alemanes que muestran mis diseños: http://www.lesmads.de/2009/05/tagesoutfit_kette_von_alas_del_sur.html

http://blushous.blogspot.com/2009/05/show-me-your-bling.html

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