{the interview series} Patrícia Franco

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

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A minha convidada de hoje aborda as técnicas tradicionais de uma forma pouco-convencional.
Transparências, formas orgânicas e temas relativos ao universo feminino são esculpidos em arame pelas mãos de Patrícia Franco. São peças delicadas, mas de forte personalidade, divididas entre a joalharia e a escultura, que revelam um processo de trabalho carregado de simbolismo. Leiam para ficar a saber mais!

My guest today approaches the traditional techniques in an unconventional way.
Transparencies, organic forms and themes related to the feminine universe are sculpted in wire by the hands of Patrícia Franco. They are delicate objects, but with strong personality, divided between jewelry and sculpture, revealing a working process charged with symbolism. Read to find out more!

Patrícia Franco

Tell us...
1. who is Patrícia Franco?
I'm a Portuguese based artist, born and raised in Porto. I started developing my work as a textile artist in 2006 using wire threads and traditional textile techniques in my sculpture and jewelry. I develop this work and research since then. Also, I am the mother of 6 years old boy – Mário.

2. have you become what you wanted to be when you grew up?
Definitely not! (Laughs) I always loved to read and then I also found my interest in writing. So I quickly decided to become a journalist, not a news reporter, but maybe a critic. So I devoted my studies to French and Portuguese literature in the Faculty of Letters also in Porto.
In 2000 I started to work in the Visual Art Department at Serralves Contemporary Art Museum where I stayed for more than 2 years working has an assistant to the curators and artists, experiencing different perspectives on art and its protagonists. This experience was fundamental to the path I chose afterwards. 
The artisan skills I am almost sure I inherited from my mother´s family.

3. what inspires you to create?
Being an artist, I am inspired by much, but it seems I am drawn by Traditions, Traditional techniques, simple things, and memories… almost anything really. 
When I create a sculpture or jewelry I usually approach themes that are close or interest me, universal themes that anyhow make part of my visual memory, interpreting feminine themes (with a feminine approach) like conception, birth, power, politics are revisited themes on my work.

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4. your artistic media of choice.
“Knitting” with wire, “fingerknitting”… The knitting processes that I use are based on crochet, stitching, tricot and embroidery techniques that I adapt to the shape, dimension and transparency I want the object to have. It doesn´t matter really what the textile technique I use, the main thing for me is the path, the artistic process.

5. the favorite corner of your workspace.
I work inside and outside my house, in the car when I travel, in the train or subway, all I need is a bit of wire and a needle so I can bring my work with me easily. 
My biggest worry is to keep dangerous tools or products stored and organized. I tend to collect different things and it’s harder and harder to keep track on materials, objects…
I just moved from my old house so, I don´t have a special corner in my workspace just now, yet bellow there is a picture of my workspace at the moment…

6. a day at work.
I don´t have a day-to-day routine, that is one of the huge advantages of being an artist – it doesn´t get boring. 
I tried for a long time to work in rented ateliers and even sharing work spaces with other professionals but I wasn´t very productive doing so, it seemed then, I was always in a rush and partitioned. So, now I work in my household which ultimately fits my shy and reclusive nature; There I state my own rules, which I break on a regular basis.
I am a determined and perfectionist individual so I can work for many hours but I am also often distracted with household chores and coffee and cigarette breaks… these “time intervals” also help distance myself from the project I am working on. 
Lately I work best at night, still my most creative moments can happen in the most unexpected places or periods in time - most times the object appears in my mind momentarily or by accident, sketches and drawings are rare in my creative process; usually I draw just to keep the idea fresh in my mind and prevent it to become permanently oblivious. The work design is mostly started by texts and notes written in several different books and pieces of paper.

7. a business tip.
Without any order of importance I would say hard work, a good financial planning, tenacity, originality, intellectual honesty and a genuine love for your art.

8. an advice to your younger you.
Do not be in a hurry to grow old, enjoy your youth and innocence while you can. You will be wiser with age and experience…

9. a plan to the future.
My plan to the future is to keep on working on my art and founding through it other worlds and singular stories. 
Viewers are a very important part of my work, especially in what concerns my sculpture, so I think it would be very gratifying to keep creating works that people can relate/feel emotional with.

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10. personality that influences you.
I would say the sculptor Alberto Carneiro (1937) – for me the most compelling artist of his time. 

11. book you think everyone should read.
“Bartlebly” by Melville, just because I think it is a very interesting way to make peace with books, when you feel really disappointed with one and also a very fascinating book for new readers.

12. unforgetable movie.
I love Tarantino scripts – he really has a knack for storytelling. 
I would choose “Pulp Fiction” being this movie the most compelling film by this director and a trademark of the 90´s cinema production – its  unconventional and non-linear storytelling is mixed up brilliantly with different genders such as Japanese animation, American gangster movies. 
Quentin has a thing for language and image with which I relate.

13. city to fall in love with.
I wouldn´t leave Porto but if I consider it I would choose the second city where I feel simply at home – Paris.

14. favorite food and drink.
Portuguese Traditional food (especially from Minho and Alentejo) and I also adore Japanese cuisine. I am trying to quit drinking Coca-Cola (that I love). I rarely drink alcoholic beverages, I don´t enjoy wine or champagne but I enjoy an occasional beer or whiskey glass.

15. guilty pleasure.
I don´t drive, I could do so but it is something that always irritated me, so I spend a lot of money on taxi expenses… it is really a vice. 
The minutes I gain doing so help me compensate my guilty conscience. So, I try to use this time wisely working on new ideas, enjoying the silence to solve technical problems or simply replying missed phone calls. 


  1. What a lovely surprise interview! Thanks so much for sharing your work and your creative process Patricia. I love your sculptural work - so delicate and strong at the same time. Another super artist who loves Porto - I think I will have to visit this city soon!
    Katie. X

    1. I'm glad you liked the interview :) and you should definitely visit Porto, Katie!

  2. Hi there,
    Thanks Katie for your very kind words. I love Porto and I am sure you will fell in love for the city also.
    Thanks also to Ana Pina for the beautiful interview and kind nature.



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