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Designer Spotlight: Bea Valdes

The accessory designer talks to us about her latest collection, The Burden of Silk, and lets us get to know her a little more.
Designer Spotlight: Bea Valdes The accessory designer talks to us about her latest collection, The Burden of Silk, and lets us get to know her a little more.

PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOUR DESIGN PROCESS. HOW DOES AN INSPIRATION, THOUGHT, OR MOTIVATION MORPH FROM YOUR IMAGINATION INTO A TANGIBLE OBJECT?

An idea’s momentum is poured along a web of thread, building at the edge of spaces, crafting shadows, finding the intersections of [these] yet non-existent pieces. From the nucleus of these imaginings, we spin out our embroidery—some vegetal, some slick, some floral suggestions. Crystals traverse imaginary paths, silk strings collapse and streak along the tulle.

We preyed on organic transformations, on changelings, on hybrid ideas of adornment-

Our stitches trace the idea, or sometimes, the idea succumbs to the stitches- 

It is our cycle of creative hunger, where everything is protean, mutable and deliberately unique-

HOW IS THIS COLLECTION DIFFERENT FROM YOUR PAST COLLECTIONS? HOW IS IT SIMILAR? AND HOW DOES IT PROPEL THE EVOLUTION OF YOUR DESIGN AESTHETIC AND PHILOSOPHY?

For Firma's bags, we worked with snakeskin, which we had not done before. We wanted to present a fresh perspective on what “one of a kind” has come to mean—we crafted this collection by using a more geometric language.

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With the vests, I wanted to somehow make pieces that were still about crafting by hand, but toying with the idea of spaces. We wanted to make pieces that would be whole but were not themselves solid.

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WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR CHOICE OF MATERIALS, TECHNIQUES, AND COLOR STORY IN THIS COLLECTION—FOR THE BAGS AND VESTS BOTH?

I’ve expressed my fascination with skin as what covers and uncovers us, and how they are inherently unique-

When I did [the] collection Neuromantic, one of the primary materials I used was metal. I was considering metal, chain and wires, and how this strange fiber binds, unwinds, connects us through technology- How metal mesh is a new textile, a new flesh, a non-organic skin-

Continue reading to find out more about Bea Valdes as she goes through the gauntlet of Designer Spotlight questions. Click on the photo gallery to see the pieces from her latest collection.

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