How do you design your artifacts?
"Each project is by its nature unique. From the altar objects to the drink horns, the process always involves a long planning phase. The basis of everything is, for me, the pursuit of uniqueness, of the idea that makes the product something really special.
In the case of commissioned and customized projects, I always try with the final owner to match requests and desires to the best, with the actual feasibility of the design. Frequently existing subjects, historical inspiration or traditional symbols are often requested. In other cases, the choice is to have a unique subject, specially designed. In this case I can draw the design directly on the horn, making it blend best with the natural curves of a naturally uneven material.
The design of objects of my inspiration is instead a little more complex. Historical research behind the subjects, the study of sources and sagas to extrapolate ideas, is a fundamental part of my work. I love research, I like to add value to every project. Pendants, Mjolnir and Rune, are instead drawn directly on the horn. In the case of altar statues, unique pendants, or bracelets, I love to hold the support in my hands, observe it, understand how the shape will eventually turn out, if there are colors or natural curves that leave the field open to inspiration. Sometimes I find myself drawing the volumes directly on the piece of horn letting myself be carried away by the inspiration of the moment. My altar statues are born exactly like this."
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