Diana Figueiredo’s work – both the 2D and 3D – has been a source of delight to many visitors to The Blue Room. Here’s an opportunity to get to know a little bit more about her.
Where were you born? How long have you lived in the area?
I was born in Brazil and grew up in Bristol.
What is your background?
I have a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Illustration and I have been selling paintings and illustrations for the last 10 years. I have been making and selling ceramics for the last 3 years and more recently I have started designing and making jewellery from seaglass, ceramic and leather.
How would you describe your work?
My 2D work is very much a documentary of life. I draw the city focusing on architecture, atmosphere and social culture. They are like snapshots of time; when shop fronts change, when buildings are knocked down and new ones are created, my drawings and paintings record a moment in time. The hustle and bustle of the city, the atmosphere, the fashions people are wearing, social hobbies like shopping or coffee shop culture often feature amongst the iconic buildings in my work.
My 3D work in ceramics is a far more organic approach. I love texture and all of my pieces heavily feature layers, multiple patterns and mark making from leaves, twigs and found objects. My pieces very often follow a botanical theme.
What is your inspiration?
I get continued Inspiration from the city itself. The movement, the sounds, nature and the people, I love people watching!
I always listen to music when I am creating, may it be 2D or 3D I love to have music in the background. Sometimes it is hip hop, sometimes dance music, often 80’s or classic fm.
What are your next projects?
After creating a series of local images exclusively for The Blue Room for the feature of this month, I am now working on pieces ready for exhibitions at the end of the year. I am constantly working on new paintings and decorative ceramics. I want to teach more creative workshops in the new year and so am planning classes to teach beginners and intermediates in; Claywork, drawing & painting skills.
Thank you to Diana for her answers to our questions. There is so much more at The Blue Room in Nailsea, we look forward to seeing you!