Accessory designer Bea Valdes lives in a realm dominated by interconnections, where nothing is truly separate and even differences are connected by their distinctions. Links, affinities, relations—whether unitive or oppositional—are given their due, and the method by which she validates these connective nuances is her craft, the needle eye through which her dreams are gently coaxed through.
As a creative writer, she finishes her words not with definitive endings, but with hyphens that break current meditations, or that imply further periods—in thought, in allusions, or in unuttered ideas that are not exhausted as they might yet blossom into unimagined possibilities. Viewed as a whole, her body of work as a designer is representative of this—of this hinting at potentialities while still being meticulously articulative of what she needs to express at a particular tide, with no unhurried impetus.
Her latest collection, The Burden of Silk, launched recently at Firma, is just yet another manifestation of one of her realities. Borne of the artist's capital impulse, the compulsion to create, the repertoire is her ode to the artistic stimulus that must be liberated. Inspired by the words of writer A.S. Byatt in the novel Possession (". . . this need is like the Spider's need who carries before her a huge Burden of Silk which she must spin out . . . why, what can she do but make more, spin afresh, design anew . . . ."), she again declares her desires and duties as an artful weaver with this luxurious hand-crafted collection.
"The creative instinct is a parallel appetite that cannot be staved off, except by its release into reality," she states. And so, The Burden of Silk is a representation of her creative consumption, and, more importantly, an embodiment of her grasp at interconnections, as she tells us below:
"[T]he idea of weaving, knitting together, interconnection are notions that are inherent to the particular nature of our needle work. The pieces for this collection explore the fluctuation between two states, one fixed, one fluid, capturing the vanishing of one element into another-"
Continue reading to find out more about The Burden of Silk and about Bea Valdes as she goes through the gauntlet of Designer Spotlight questions. Also, click on the photo gallery to see the pieces from her latest collection.