“It takes thousands of attempts to get right and the threads can be as thin as a hair. The way we bend the material will never be the same, we can bend the threads a little bit more or a little bit less, machines can’t do this. It seems simple but it requires a lot of labour and technique and I think this is what true art is”, reveals Mr. Rocha, one of the last filigree experts in Portugal.
Building the filigree sculptures was one of the greatest challenges for the small atelier in the north of Portugal. “We have to study each piece, we try and try and try until it is perfect, one has to go over the limit”, reminding the artisans’ effort and daily commitment by trying, and failing, and repeating. “I want to do new things, I want innovation, but always with a base of tradition and while improving the technique and respecting the art”.