Mulier Studio, a haven of artistic expression, showcases exquisite wax sculptures that embody the vision of its founder, Silvia Duran. Through a meticulously deliberate artisanal process, each creation evolves, acquiring profound meaning in every phase. Silvia, a self-taught candle maker, has breathed life into these organic forms, ingeniously crafted by her own hands just two years ago. Our team is honoured to present them in our Showroom located in Barcelona. Today, we have the privilege of delving into Silvia's artistic practice, as she reveals the narrative behind her unparalleled creativity.
Hi Silvia, can you tell us about your journey forming Mulier Studio?
In 2019, following the outbreak of the pandemic, I felt an enormous need to reconnect with our essence. It was then that Mulier was born, as a channel to express this path. Through self-taught methods, I began using wax as a material of expression, seeking to reflect my own process of transformation.
Each piece reflects different stages of the journey, the emotions, and wounds that have led us to where we are today. Everything has taken shape through a deeply conscious artisanal process in each of its phases. The essence of this journey is ultimately an invitation to remember the human capacity to transform and heal; it is an invitation to embrace the wound, as it is the place through which light will enter.
What does your artistic process entail?
We do not follow a specific artistic process or technique; instead, we allow ample space for spontaneity and our creativity to express itself.
This project has emerged to tell our personal journey of transformation. In today's world, where the inner light of every human being is often overlooked, the rapid pace and disconnection of society compel us to pause and reflect. From this perspective, we aim to convey a message of reconnecting with our essence.
The emergence of each piece is the result of a deeply personal and intimate process.
Tell us a bit about your artistic practice and how it has evolved over the years.
When I first started out, I was completely self-taught. I had to rely on my own instincts and experimentation to learn. At times, this process was frustrating, and I made more than a few mistakes along the way.
However, as I continued to experiment and learn, things started to come together more harmoniously. I found myself developing a better understanding of the techniques involved, and my methods became more refined.
As I've progressed, I've been constantly introducing new techniques, refining my methods, and experimenting with new materials, waxes, colors, and scents. Despite the fact that I haven't been doing this for very long – less than two years, in fact.
How is your studio space different from your home space?
I started this journey by creating a small studio space in my own home, where I could experiment and learn at my own pace. After a few months, I decided to take the leap and start working in shared spaces with other artisans. This decision opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me.
Today, I have my own intimate studio space, filled with natural light and surrounded by plants. It's a space where I feel truly inspired and alive. I believe that the environment you create for yourself can have a huge impact on your creativity and productivity, which is why I put so much effort into designing a space that's both functional and beautiful.
What are some of your reference points? Favourite artists, books, music?
I absolutely adore listening to jazz music of all kinds, but there's just something about Dinah Washington that really resonates with me. It is a must in our studio.
I've recently fallen in love with the art of Peggy Kuiper. Her use of color and texture is stunning, and the intricate details of each piece draw me in completely.
In terms of literature, I've been particularly drawn to the teachings of Eckhart Tolle. His wisdom and insights have had a profound impact on my life, and I find myself returning to his books time and time again.
What have been some of the learning/challenges you have faced being an artist?
Throughout my journey with Mulier, I have faced numerous challenges as an artist, but one of the main ones has been learning to trust my own path. I believe that creativity is a powerful force that comes hand in hand with accepting your human vulnerability and showing it.
At times, I have struggled with creative blocks, which can be frustrating and discouraging. However, I have come to view these blocks as opportunities to refocus my energy and attention on the present moment. Instead of obsessing over the end goal, I have learned to appreciate the journey and embrace the unexpected twists and turns that arise along the way.
What are you currently listening to in the studio?
I am listening to "Love and Happiness" by Al Green.
Your favourite CAN PEP REY SS23 garment?
I have a weakness for all the garments, but I am particularly in love with the Alessandro Pants.