In our most creative journeys, we have to dig deep into the layers of our subconscious. What is that feeling that wakes you up in the morning? From where comes the need to create and express ourselves in a nonconventional way? Where did it all start?
We are the generation that celebrates uniqueness. Our lives represent a unique journey entangled with our talents and personal qualities. The foundations of each life journey come from our childhood. And Unexpected Lullaby is no exception to that. She embraced her inner child and build up a whole new dimension with her artwork. Celebrating nature with deep dive into her craft. Just take a look at the exceptional detailing on her figurines!
Where are you from? Where does the art journey start for you?
I'm from Barcelona, Spain and am currently living at the other end of the world in Nashvile, TN with my husband and my dog Bean. My dad loved making models and since we were little he always gave us all the tools to do arts and crafts to pass our time. I remember summer afternoons painting rocks and making plaster figurines with my sister. There's something magical about transforming raw materials into something else.
What is the first emotion that drives you towards creating an art piece? Do you recognize the connection immediately and let yourself flow on the creative process? Or do you "bake" the inspiration for some time?
Excitement. Every time I get a new idea I really want to try, I get excited about all the possibilities to bring it to life. Sometimes it's just wanting to do something with my hands; it is a soothing feeling doing manual work. When I'm stressed out, or need a mental break, creating something helps me put my mind at ease. I usually let my ideas settle for some days. Doing that allows me to give it a second thought, adding more value to it. Other times I'm so excited about an idea that I can't wait and have to make it immediately. Those times I let the emotion go wild and simply have fun.
What is the back story of your design? Because every one of us sees the world through separate lenses. How hard it must be to transfer it to other people?
Since I was a kid I have always loved animals. Fascinated by them, I watched all kinds of documentaries and cut photos from magazines. I recalled how the tiny and cute fauna of my hometown in Spain would always make me smile. From the colorful parrots that invaded the city when I was 10, to the little snails showing up on rainy days, I have always loved watching them and now I want to recreate that feeling.
The first time I was introduced to clay I knew what I wanted to do, handcraft smiles through the use of tiny figurines.
When it comes to making a living from your art, what are the main struggles? And what would be your advice for starting artists?
Making a living out of art is hard. I struggle a lot and mostly on social media. I think we all want to reach as many people as quickly as possible but growing your niche takes time. I would say to take it easy and to celebrate every little win because even the smallest one is a step closer to your goal.
What do you prefer, single pieces or storytelling through a whole project? And what approach do you use in each case?
I prefer single pieces, as I enjoy variation and diversity. While together they might not have anything in common, they are single stories to tell that share the basics that I have learned through my art experiences.
Why do you use certain materials? What connects you with them, and makes you feel they are perfect for your art piece?
My main material is clay and glazes, but I also love to experiment with other crafts and mediums to add to my pieces. It is something fascinating giving another spin to a seemingly finished piece. It's an extra level of fun that I can add to it.
What does ART, in general, mean to you?
To me art is an everyday thing. From the little figurine that makes you smile at home to your choice of clothing or accessories. It is an expression of what you like and makes you passionate about. Everything that you create that gives an emotional response to someone else. Creating pieces having in mind how the other person will smile upon seeing them is one of my joys.
The FOURLINEdesign team would like to thank Eva for sharing inspiring thoughts with our community.