Jaume and I first met many years ago in a completely different context. At that time, I had a place where I used to go, close to my hometown. It was a stream that swirled through magical nature. This place was very close to where Jaume lived, and we met each other sometimes. We used to admire the nature and the creek, and these moments have a very special place in our hearts because the area is now exploited by tourism, and the magic is long gone. But it wasn’t until many years later that we met again and fell in love with each other.
We became a couple and moved in together in a common studio in Palma, where we stayed for a couple of years, but we nurtured a common longing for a simpler and quieter life, a life beyond the noise of the city. After looking for a while, we found this house to rent.
The house has a simple standard, but we don’t see this as a problem; on the contrary. Not being dependent on a certain material standard gives a huge sense of freedom, a sense of satisfaction.
We love to work here in the tranquility overlooking nothing but nature. It doesn’t matter if it gets messy; we can carry on working and clear up when we are done. Work and privacy flow together in symbiosis.
Working with clay is messy and gooey and dusty as it dries, and it’s not much better with the textile art with all the fibers of fabrics, laces, and wool that I use. Having our studios here and being able to work from home fits us perfectly. We don’t lose a lot of time traveling, we have all our tools and materials here in one place, and we love it. We have our own areas here at home, so we actually don’t see each other much during working hours, although we can consult each other if we need to. But otherwise, we stay in our respective work rooms.
Despite the simplicity, we are extremely interested in interior decoration, and this house is just so simple and fun to decorate. For us, our home is our temple, and this is where we need to feel good. When Jaume has finished working on a piece, he wants it on display in our home. He wants to be able to look at it properly, so he changes the interior in order for the artwork to look its best. For my part, I seek simplicity, emptiness, which we both appreciate and have as a basic idea when it comes to interior design. Maybe it comes from the aesthetics of the old houses here in Mallorca. They were always very empty; you just owned the most necessary items. All things have a special function, and then everything becomes meaningful.
Both of us work with various clients around the world, and we’re both currently finishing off some orders. Jaume works with his paintings and with his sculptural ceramics.
I am a textile artist, and I weave wall decorations of natural materials, preferably reused ones. For example, I have a collaboration with a neighbor who is a sheep farmer. He gives me wool for my work. The farmer gives me a call when it’s time to fetch the wool, and after that, I wash it thoroughly and prepare it so that I can use it in my work. Right now, I am also working on a fashion project, a collection of durable clothes made out of vintage cotton. The collection was just completed, so now it’s time to launch it.
Our privacy and working life are completely interwoven right now, and we really love to live like this with total creative freedom. For us, the goal is to always keep working and exploring the materials, to work out what works better next time, and next, and next …