It’s not easy to combine craftwork with your vocation nowadays. It’s not easy tolive in the countryside to run away from the good things of cities. Believing in simplicity, working with your hands, recycling, creating and innovating it’s not easy either. Perhaps this is why all objects he creates have a soul, they are unique, different and truly beautiful. Today we will share with you the interview with Jordi Quintana, a contemporary craftsman, recycling lover and artist. We identify with him.
1. Your life in two words?
Grow while learning.
2. Yesterday you…
I worked, loved, worked again and came back home with my family.
3. City or countryside?
Countryside, of course!
4. How did IMO project start?
There was a point in my life when I had to risk and decide; I had to look for something to feel fulfilled, personally and professionally, and that would make me feel enthusiastic and alive. Then IMO began – I Make Objects–, as a result of my passion for recycling and nature observation.
5. Inspiration is for you… Where does it come from?
Inspiration is a part of yourself and shows up when you see, touch or smell something you care for and it gives things to you in return. This is the basis for imagination, dreams and creation.
6. When you are working, silence or music?
There are moments for both options, but I’d rather listen to music.
7. What materials do you normally use?
I use those who bring life, warmth, strength and fit in my ideas.
8. Is wood a fragile or a hard material? How would you describe it?
It is two sides of the same coin. When you see, get and handle wood, it’s hard; but when you work on ityou realize t hat it’s fragile and malleable.
9. What are your favorite materials?
Any material that after molding I get a useful and nice object.
10. What sort of objects are you making now?
A headboard, a wooden lamp, different models of tables, stools, countertops for bathrooms, mirrors, stones and antiframes, among others. In Easter you’ll see my last creation in Palau de Casavells (Girona, Spain).
11. How does it feel to work with your hands?
I feel lucky to work with my body, feel the sense of touch and warmth of materials.
12. How would you define “craftwork” in the current context? Is there any future?
There are two kinds of craftwork. The one existing since long time ago that has become part of the culture and the one that has a parasitic link with a passionate generation, in love with its origins and willing to take on the world.
13. Your favorite book is…
Any book about old cultures or civilizations.
14. And your favorite smell is…
The smell of freshly-cut grass and fresh rain.
15. Your dream is…
To not stop dreaming.
16. Where could we see and buy your works?
At www.imakeobjects.es; in Barcelona, at La Maison Barcelona, Galeribcn, Martínez Restaurant in Montjuic; in Girona, at Palau de Casavells, soon at Mas de Torrent hotel, Regencós and Cal Gat, and in the openings of the hstels Ibaia Eta Arramak (San Sebastian), Mas Roig (Girona) and Albets (Lleida). [All these places are in Spain]. Also at the site www.doblecoco.com, FUO Concept Barcelona and soon at www.furnit-u.com and Made in Cat .
17. If you hadn’t been a craftsman, what would you have been?
18. What do you think about recycling?
A good understanding and effort in recycling seems to be a healthy and consciousness-raising exercise to me.
19. Vaho is…
Creativity and a great example of recycling and design.