What kind of paper do you use?
Belén: we did our research and finally what we use is a 100% cotton paper, custom made for us in a 17th-century mill, a kind of paper that has been employed for 500 years, containing no chlorine or acids. The hues and shades it gives back and its texture are simply wonderful.
Where does your inspiration come from?
Juan: we are inspired by nature and the use of watercolour allows us to explore all different sort of transparencies and combinations, capturing depth in a play of light, colour and shadows. Other sources are sumi-e painting and Japanese art, and the works of Sargent and Turner.
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What is your creative process?
Juan: we have developed a technique which allows us to paint horizontal, at a close distance, for murals we draw lines on each panel, to make sure the composition is right. We design all patterns and hand paint them, and adapt the colour palette to every single project, this is what makes the pieces unique.
How do you express tradition and innovation in your craft?
Belén: it took us years of experimentation to achieve a unique style and finishing in our creations, thanks to the use of state-of-the art pigments and binding agents to create items that last over time. We observe nature and translate its essence to inhabit spaces with beautiful pieces.