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Sara Bevilacqua & Jonatan Herrera

  • Azar Studio
  • Leatherworker
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Rising Star
Sara Bevilacqua & Jonatan Herrera Leatherworker
Contact
Spanish, Catalan, English, German, Italian
Hours:
Friday to Wednesday 12:00 - 18:00 (April to October); by appointment only (November to March)
Phone:
+34 633131429
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Cross-pollination of cultures and stories

  • • Jonatan learned from Sara, who – as well as being his partner – is his mentor
  • • Their work is informed by thousands of migration stories
  • • The mix of cultures is reflected in their handwork

Sara Bevilacqua and Jonatan Herrera's work is inspired by the Mediterranean Sea. Italian, but raised in Argentina, Sara Bevilacqua and Catalan-Andalusian Jonatan Herrera work with braided leather, a very ancient technique that was practiced by the Phoenicians and Assyrians, and also adopted by the Persians and Arabs, who introduced it to the Iberian Peninsula. Their work has a lot of crossover and influences that unite several cultures: Italian, Argentinean and Andalusian. For Sara, the mystery of creative inspiration lies in the reality of what they are, the truth they embody and in their own stories as both a sentimental couple and as artisans.

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Works

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Dana mini-bag

Dana is a cross-over mini-bag which, despite its size, is very resistant due to the tightness of the knots on the base. It is entirely handcrafted in genuine leather, employing leather-braiding techniques, and is produced in a variety of vegetable-tanned leather colours, ranging from natural raw hide leather, to several shades or earthy browns and ochres, to red and black. Each piece takes Sara Bevilacqua and Jonatan Herrera one entire day of manual work to come to life.

Height 18 cm
Width 15 cm
Length 90 cm

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Inga bucket

Inga bucket bag is a hand-knotted leather bag made out of 1.5mm leather strings which are thoroughly knotted one by one. It is built on a double half-moon shape, creating rhomboid patterns with increasing and decreasing sizes. Four days are necessary for Sara and Jonatan to produce one single bag. It is produced in a variety of vegetable-tanned leather colours, ranging from natural raw hide leather, to several shades or earthy browns and ochres, to red and black.

Height 31 cm
Width 29 cm
Length 52 cm

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Mia hoops

Mia hoops are handcrafted earrings, made of genuine leather, braided on round shaped golden hoops employing traditional leather braiding techniques. Sara and Jonatan make them in three different shades: natural hide leather, sienna brown and cream.

Width 1 cm
Diameter 4 cm

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Sophie bucket

Sophie is a round-shaped bucket bag. It is entirely handcrafted in genuine leather, employing leather braiding techniques. Its thin, hand-twisted handles slide through a row of natural shell rings and it can be worn as a single handle, or two-handled, bag. It is produced in a variety of vegetable-tanned leather colours, ranging from natural raw hide leather, to several shades or earthy browns and ochres, to red and black.

Height 20 cm
Diameter 18 cm
Length 140 cm

Photo: ©Azar Studio
Sophie bucket

Sophie is a round-shaped bucket bag. It is entirely handcrafted in genuine leather, employing leather braiding techniques. Its thin, hand-twisted handles slide through a row of natural shell rings and it can be worn as a single handle, or two-handled, bag. It is produced in a variety of vegetable-tanned leather colours, ranging from natural raw hide leather, to several shades or earthy browns and ochres, to red and black.

Height 20 cm
Diameter 18 cm
Length 140 cm

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