A Glimpse Into Tomorrow: An Interview With Beatriz Palacios
Iris had the pleasure of chatting with Madrid designer Beatriz Palacios, and we are excited to share this with you! A core designer in the Iris Collection, Palacios' pieces are feminine yet edgy, melding simplicity with intricacy and perfection of design. Read on to learn as we did about her unique journey to jewelry design and her craft, as well as a photographic preview of her soon to be released TOMORROW collection, and the imagery that inspired the pieces.
On her TOMORROW collection: "In the same way that the makers of the video game Grand Theft Auto IV were inspired by the film Koyaanisqatsi, so I have been in the creation of the TOMORROW collection. During the development of this collection the soundtrack by Philip Glass for the movie has been playing in the background. The result? A body of work where contemporary art, music and design meet. Preserved natural roses, iridescent glass, pearls, gold, recycled PVC, silver, blue topaz and garnet fuse in my vision of tomorrow’s world."
Iris: I understand that you began your professional life as an engineer. What sort of work did you do as an engineer, and how did it lead to your transition into jewelry design?
BP:In 2006 I graduated as a mining engineer at the Universidad Politécnica in Madrid. After graduating, I moved to Dublin where I started my career in the fashion industry. A year later I moved back to Madrid to start working in a non-profit private R&D company. I worked there for eight years resarching how to store in a long term basis the nuclear waste that comes from nuclear plants. While working as an engineer, I continued to study jewelry techniques at nights with a professional master jeweler who specialized in XIX century jewelry techniques. After 5 years of practice, I launched my own brand in the winter of 2011.
Iris: I hear that your jewelry work is inspired by certain Spanish art movements; what would those be?
BP:Well...I nurture myself from many art movements. From the Renaissance to XXI contemporary art movements, I find any kind of art a source of inspiration and there is a bit of everything in our collections.
Iris: How would you describe the atmosphere of Madrid, and what influence does it have on your work?
BP:Madrid is a city full of life. There is always something going on, art or music related. Plus the weather is almost always good! So the streets are always full of people of all kinds. That's very inspiring.
Iris: Can you describe your process for us? How do you transform an inspiration into the wearable art that you create?
BP:It has taken me a long time to understand and adapt to the times dictated by the fashion world. They are very precise and for me it is very important to follow them. Each collection has started from an image that for some reason has moved me. This image can be a painting, a piece of art, a frame from a movie, a photograph, the cover of a magazine...and from that image I start research work that I collect in folders and organize in a mood board. As I move forward with the research, clear designs begin to appear in my head - new materials that I want to incorporate - and these designs and materials take me to others to complete the collection. For about 4 months, my master and I are dedicated to developing the prototypes and solving the technical problems that we are encountering. Sometimes I can get lost digesting all that information that I am storing but in the end, all the noise disappears and I can see clearly the collection. It is here when the phase of photographing the products begins, creating the campaign that aesthetically supports the story behind each collection.
BEATRIZ PALACIOS stands for a high insistence on quality, craftsmanship, and design. Every single piece is designed and handcrafted in my workshop in Madrid.
Iris:The subjects of your collections vary from hearts, to swans, to eyeballs – yet your collections all have a certain aesthetic continuity to them. What would you describe this continuity as?
BP:Music, art, and cinema together with my background as engineer are the essence of my design process. The brand is distinguished by being unique and innovative. Taking inspiration from classical and historical references, cinema, music and art, I develop a collection every season characterized by a distinctive design aesthetic derived from a multitude of playful experimentation through forms and materials.
Stay tuned to iristrends.com for the release of Beatriz Palacios' intriguing TOMORROW collection - and if you haven't already - join Club Iris for an exclusive members only opportunity to pre-order your TOMORROW pieces in advance of the public release!
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