Interviews: Jewelry maker Benas Staškauskas

by • 25. October, 2014 • All, Fashion, FeaturedComments (0)2270

in the studio_photo credits_D'Bendikas, E'Uckuronis, edit_B'Staskauskas

Photo by D.Bendikas

“The most important part of making a piece is the emotion that creates the final work and also the materials that I’m using. I would prefer not go in-detail description for a single piece, since it is more about a collection’s overall concept. Using a lot of synthetic materials and combining it with organic and natural materials. Also using recycled materials (e.g. metal). Combining the synthetic with the natural is something that I would describe as a representation of nowadays social and physical landscape – at first it seems very eclectic in it’s forms and colorful but yet it is very structured.”

“I’m not using symbolic language as such, but to have a piece which is a symbol itself is very important, sometimes seeming more as a sculpture than a classical jewelry piece. It is also important to make it wearable, otherwise it would loose the point as an object which helps to create or represent a character. In fact some people that collect my works don’t wear it but rather represent it as independent artwork – I admire and appreciate that but I believe it’s nice to wear it sometimes as a tool for self expression and interaction. ”

RESTRICTED FLOW Au-3

Restricted Flow

fragrant-1

Fragrant

What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I’m still working on the same collection, mainly post-production. But this also includes continuous working on new and additional pieces. Besides that I’m really excited about upcoming new collection which is still in the process of making. It’s going to be more colorful, more outstanding and extravagant – as always, each piece is different from one another, with it’s own character.

Recently you had an exhibition in Vilnius and earlier in Reykjavik. How did it go?
It went pretty well. Both exhibitions were shown in less than a half year period, each presented with a new collection, so it was pretty intense. Now it’s time to continue on a new project and also setting up parts of the collection in some different stores and galleries.

What are your sources of inspiration?
It’s kinda hard to answer – inspiration is everything and in every corner. It is about interaction: more interaction – more inspiration, and vice versa. My work has “a character” and that’s my main focus – I call it performative sculpture, and this includes basically any form and scale of body related objects which are able to reconfigure or add extra value to a character’s behaviour and will.

How do you move on if you feel suddenly stuck while creating something?
Oh usually there’s no problem to start doing something else at least for a moment – from making music to reading books or sketching. Simply enough just get a cup of coffee or tea and then all of the sudden you realize that you’re back on track.

How does your typical day look like?
Working in the studio for all day 🙂 That’s a typical day. Although lately I would say my typical day is spending hours on reading emails, writing, editing – it becomes a routine, which I’d rather like to escape from.

necklace from upcoming collection-Occupied In Red

Necklace from upcoming collection – Occupied In Red

Are you busy with something else next to the jewellery?
For this moment there’s no free time to focus on something else. I was used to work on sounds and music, also making some props, accessories, merchandise and I would love to get back to doing that a bit.

Recently you came back to live in Lithuania from Iceland. What kind of experience did you get in Iceland? Any plans to move somewhere else in the future?
Basically the reason I moved to Iceland was the nature and this kind of “isolated atmosphere” feeling there is living on an island. That was the first step to start doing what I continue doing now, back in Lithuania. Now it’s time to set up a studio here, because moving from country to country is hard when you’re trying to work with sculpture and jewelry. I can’t exactly tell what will happen in the future, first I need to settle down here and then we will see.

How did you get into making jewelry?
It came from my childhood, I’ve always loved to make and play with super small size sculpture and miniatures, and this continued in jewelry studies, and then my interest grew in exploring other medias, also fine arts, fashion, etc.

As a kid, who did you want to become?
Like all the kids I’ve had a lot of interests and each year it was changing. First I wanted to be a clown, then a priest (perhaps only being amazed by religious architecture), then mountaineer, after that – an artist. I would say perhaps all these characters now evolved in me in this weird combination of it all.

Do you agree that going outside of your comfort zone is the most important thing for an artist?
It is very important, but I’d rather say sometimes it’s also very important just to sit down and rethink/review of what is your perspective at this very moment. Of course to explore and follow what surrounds you is a way of understanding and teaching yourself. It is all about interaction.

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