Name: Luis Acosta
Where do you live: Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Known for: Textile and paper jewelry designer.
Currently working with:
I am creating a new series of paper necklaces and bracelets.
When did you realize that you were going to work with this/in this area?
With paper jewelry in 1996. With textile since 1979.
If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why?
Today I’ll choose Mar del Plata in Argentina. It is a nice and modern seaside resort with beautiful architecture and long promenade sidewalks and beaches.
How would you describe your creativity?
As a designer I’m particularly interested in forms. Once I discover a form, I enlarge or repeat it. Then I concentrate on exploring the possibilities as a basis for developing a design. It is important to work with both shapes and colors. The first gives dimension to the design while the second provides warmth.
How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner?
After my graduation at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 1988. In that year I graduated as a textile designer and in 1996 I also started with designing paper jewelry.
What do you do at the moment?
Apart from working on a new series of paper jewelry I’m thinking of possibilities in new cities where it can teach my workshops.
A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business?
The most important and in the first place: you must be honest to yourself. Then, you must be persistent, do not give up, time will pass anyway, pass it doing something you like or work toward your dream. Do not compare yourself with others, each person takes a unique journey.
Tell us how it all started.
In 1974, when I moved from Córdoba to Buenos Aires (Argentina) I worked from 7:00 am till 11:00 pm in a bank and at the Town Hall simultaneously. On Saturdays I studied designing and weaving tapestries and woven fabrics. In 1983 I joined the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) where I graduated in 1988 at the textile department. Since then and until now I work with textiles and paper jewelry.
What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you?
Order, cleanliness, tranquility and classical music.
What is your favorite film?
I prefer (all) comedies.
Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why?
Vivienne Westwood. I admire her designs. Her work fascinates me. It has always been consequential. Her work truly resonates with me.
How do you like to spoil yourself?
To sit down and eat different pastries, mmmmm. Delicious!
What is luxury for you?
To have the freedom to choose and do what I love to do, have the freedom to organize my time.
What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom?
I can happily say that every day I receive beautiful compliments on my Facebook. All are unrequested and honest comments. They make me feel good.
What do you fear most?
The loss of the use of my hands and my way of thinking.
What is a happy life to you?
Positive relationships, good health, being recognized for my art, sell more, and doing what I love and being able to make a living from it.
What does a regular day look like for you?
Wake up at 7:00 am, have breakfast and play with my two cats – Maylén (she) and Tupac (he). Then I take a shower. Checking e-mails and Facebook. At 12:00 it’s lunch time. Then, till 17:30 pm I work with my paper jewelry or preparing information for a workshop. At 6:00 pm it’s time for dinner. Afterwards I will have a one hour evening walk along a large canal with my partner. Very few times I watch TV. Bed time by 11:00 pm.
Tell us about your dream project.
I would like to work with any ethnic group to transmit my art and see what comes out of that melting.
Also, I would like to work with metal. I always see each of my pieces as small sculptures. While I can see them made of metal, I will not learn and use the required technique.
Who is your professional role model/inspiration?
I do not have one.
How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)?
Regarding the technique which I use for my jewelry.. I haven’t learned this from another person. I used the knowledge and experiences of the past and started experimenting and developed my own style and technique. The result is very colorful.
The textile element is the most important basis in my formation, slowly, gradually it gave direction since 1996 to the realization of paper jewelry. When I make jewelry, more of less unconsciously I keep in mind the textile weft. Without this education and experience I would not be able to make the works I am making nowadays.
Which is the one thing you can’t live without?
My sewing machine and daily classical music.
What inspires you?
I do not seek for inspiration. The forms are everywhere. You have to see them and discover how to develop them to a design.