My name is Flora Vagi I am an observer who filters life and I am also a jeweler who creates objects to wear and to have. I speak many languages both through my words and through my works

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Flora Vagi interview.

  1. Could you tell us a little about yourself? Who you are and what you do?

My name is Flora Vagi. I am an observer who filters life and I am also a jeweler who creates objects to wear and to have. I speak many languages both through my words and through my works.

  1. At what point did you start making jewelry?

It was when my painting teacher in a life drawing class looked at my drawings and told me that since I like to focus and immerse myself in details, maybe, I could look into jewelry.

3. Are there certain themes present in your artwork? How do you work? Could you briefly talk about your inspiration and your creative process?

There are, but they are very broad. Nature and spontaneity are always present. Surfaces and structures play a crucial role and my aim is to create pieces that are visually on the borderline of something organic and something artificial/ manmade. However, I would say that in general my work is very intuitive. Materials are a great inspiration and I take lots and lots of photographs everywhere I go, pretty much of everything. I am inspired by fine art works just as much as I am inspired by my environment. I experiment a lot and leave space for surprise. I like to surprise, but also like to be surprised.

5. What about the choice of materials? You have presented beautiful jewelry collections made from wood or paper and old books. How did you start using these materials and what do you find intriguing about them?

So far, I always go natural. It is about physical attraction. I work with materials that please my senses. I love the smell, the touch, including the temperature of them too. This is one of the reasons I left behind the classical goldsmithing that focuses on working with metal.

6. Many contemporary jewelers rejected tradition in favor of radical practice. Could you comment on the relationship of tradition and contemporary jewelry?

To me it is of great value to have a classical goldsmith base. A jeweler not only learns the technique, but also a gets "McGyverish" knowledge in problem-solving and a well trained eye for detail.

7. Who are your heroes?

My personal heroes are mainly the masters I learned from, during my studies and some I met afterwards. They all are examples of excellence and an unerring eye for detail, of minds that can have a concrete impact on our vision of life, of artists with a distinctive intellectual quality present in their work. They are examples of people that have taught me things way beyond my profession. Some substantial names in order of appearance in my life are:

Manuel Vilhena

Manfred Bischoff

Michael Rowe

8. The role of the artist has changed over time. Nowadays, what do you see as the role of the contemporary artist?

I find it has become a rather complex, multifaceted “job”. It certainly seems not enough for an artist just to create. They often need to think and act as managers, social networkers, celebrities and many other roles, simply because most people seem to connect to these kinds of role models nowadays. However, art is still a field that should represent freedom for the individual. A space where one can do whatever she/he imagines or wants to express, whether it is on a canvas, a record, through words or other media.

9. The best piece of advice you’ve been given…

The advice that I haven't been given is to learn from as many people as you can and find a Mentor to look up to, because this person can be the reference point for the rest of your life, regardless of what it's profession is.

10. Please recommend two or more artists to our readers which you feel deserve their attention.

The works of the following artists are rather distinctive and unique, each for different reasons. Some are very minimal, some tell a story, but one thing they all have in common is quality. I mixed jewelers and fine artists intentionally, hoping that those who are interested will focus on the artist and not on their medium.

I would like to point out, that these are of course just some of the names worth mentioning, there are obviously many more exceptional ones in both fields.

Marc Monzó

Otto Kunzli

Celio Braga

Iris Bodemer

Cy Twombly

Bernhard Schobinger

Kiko Gianocca

Anselm Kiefer

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