Words PLUS MAGAZINE
Photography RICARD LOPEZ
Adriana Meunié’s textile artistry is a testament to the enduring appeal of traditional craft techniques and the beauty of nature’s depictions. Her works are characterized by their voluminous and whimsical designs, all inspired by the flora and fauna of her native Mallorca. In many ways, Meunié’s work is reminiscent of the great textile artists of the past, such as Anni Albers. Like Albers, Meunié uses weaving to express complex ideas and sensations, transforming simple threads into intricate and evocative designs. Meunié’s pieces are a testament to the power of weaving to convey both beauty and meaning.
Through her hands, weaving takes on a new dimension, where the threads are not just materials to be manipulated but a means to express complex ideas and sensations. Each piece is a labor of love, where the artist’s touch and the loom become one, laying a tapestry of Mallorca’s past and present. Meunié reminds us that beauty can be found in the most unexpected places and that the humblest materials can be transformed into extraordinary work.
PLUS: You first studied fashion design in Barcelona and eventually got into textiles. How does each creative area complement, relate to, and inspire one another?
Adriana Meunié: My decision to pursue fashion design stemmed from a desire to engage with a highly creative field in a designer capacity. As I delved deeper into textiles, I began to appreciate their profound cultural significance, historical context, and diverse applications. I view textiles as a form of language capable of expressing complex ideas and emotions. Despite this, I found the fast-paced and high-stress environment of the fashion industry didn’t suit me anymore. As a result, over the course of a decade, I began experimenting with new ways of using textiles as a medium, gradually shifting towards creating wall hangings featuring figurative drawings. After returning home to the island, I fell in love with the raw materials in my surroundings, particularly wool. This marked a turning point, and I mustered the courage to showcase my creations to a broader audience. Although my journey has been slow, I feel like I’m just beginning to tap into my full potential.
P: How has coming back to Mallorca shaped your ideas and artistic motivations? And how are you connecting to its traditions and heritage?
AM: I often express that while I do not believe Mallorca to be the best place in the world, its culture and surroundings are integral to my identity. Being born and raised on the island, I have a profound connection to its people, traditions, and environment, and I have a strong desire to safeguard and promote these elements that I dearly hold. While globalization is a valuable tool for broadening perspectives and learning about other cultures, it can also be detrimental when it leads to losing or diluting a location’s unique identity. It is disheartening when Mallorca is reduced to merely a tourist destination known only for its sunny beaches. Instead, I aim to celebrate and highlight the island’s rich language, history, and diverse industries, including its unique artisanal crafts, that have existed for centuries before the rise of tourism.
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