Duende – named after the homonymous Spanish term, used to describe the mysterious energy transmitted by flamenco performers, who captivate their audience with improvising music, effective vocals, with seductive, earthy and expressive dancing.
The collection is inspired by the infusion of old cultural influences which have made flamenco a mystifying and nostalgic art form. My source of inspiration is the variation of cultures and I am particularly interested in the results after mixing materials together.
To create this feeling visually I used materials such as West African wood, leather, titanium, 24 karat Gold, white, red and black metal for contrast. Also some pieces are made to create movement and improvising sound to mimic the rhythmic beats in flamenco. By mixing materials, ideas, sound and movement results to creating and capturing a vision in the form of jewellery.
I spent a wonderful week in London, Every year I come down to view the recent graduate collections from Central St Martins College of Art and Design. My particular interest is in Jewellery. I graduated on this course, from this college. I love to go back and see the new collections.
Being there reminded me of my collection displayed when I graduated.
Below a documentary about the essence of Flamenco by BBC Four recently. My degree show collection, and dissertation research, was mainly about this subject.
I love Flamenco culture, I was taught flamenco dancing in my teens, and throughout my 20s, by Felipie Gonzalez and Carmela Romero, in Glasgow and Jacksons Lane in Highgate London. On Summer our group travelled to southern Spain regularly to train, in Felipe’s home town, where no one spoke any English. the experience was awesome, to be merged and saturated into the roots of Gypsy Flamenco culture. I made some wonderful close friendships, particularly with my closest Londoner friend ‘Hayeser Zorbas’ who equally shares the passion and energy of Flamenco too!
As I thought about making my final degree show collection, I spoke to Felipe and Carmela that summer, they arranged for me to interview several Gypsy Flamenco dancers, guitarists and singers, who performed regularly with them at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, and Felipe’s restaurant on Oxford Circus. I had an amazing time researching and enjoying the awesome performances. Flamenco dancing is an experience that blew my mind away, this is the reason why I chose to do my final collection on this interest.
Felipie Gonzalez: http://www.felipedealgeciras.com/en/felipe
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