Did you learn from a master artisan?
Antonio: I started with master metalworker Manuel Araujo. Later, I began exploring different techniques and processes for myself. I always remember from him that an artisan must be generous in passing on his knowledge.
How would you define the artisanal work you do?
We seek to create objects with essence, soul and personality. They must be long-lasting and not subject to fashion – hopefully in that way they can accompany us for a lifetime and create a bond with us. If that is the case, we will not need to replace them and, therefore, they will be more ecological.
©Luis Lago Fernández and Antonio Monroy Costas - LagoMonroy
How do you express tradition and innovation in your work?
Sometimes tradition is our major inspiration for making an object. Other times, it works as a catalyst. We seek to move forward, both in terms of techniques and materials but, above all, to provide specific solutions to specific needs. We can sense tradition in our pieces through shapes and colours and even in our technical solutions.
Could your art, profession, or trade be endangered?
Big brands feed a consumption that ends up displacing small workshops. Workshops dedicated – as we are – to creating tailored pieces are apparently unaffordable for a large part of society. However, if our objects last a lifetime, there will be no need to replace them, so they may end up being cheaper – and more sustainable – than industrially produced versions.