What makes a sensitive, intelligent young women of the world who speaks 5 languages grow tired of the big international fashion production business one fine day, and leave behind big cities like Barcelona or Berlin to move to a small village on Mallorca and weave on a loom? This is the story of Adriana Meunié.
“When I was younger, there was a time when I loved wearing clothes by multinational brands, but one day I reached the point where I didn’t want to go into any shops, I wore the first thing I could find, even if it wasn’t aesthetically pleasing.
Before returning to her homeland of Mallorca, to set out on a new path, Adriana wanted to travel to New Mexico, the cradle of the loom. Her aim was to learn from the experts, to understand how they work and what their secrets were. During that stay in America, she experienced some mixed feelings. “I understood that I am a Mallorcan and above all, I must take care of my island”, says the person who has been working on a daily basis for five years now with wool, esparto, raffia, old threads and pieces of leather with stories behind them in her Felanitx workshop. At the age of 29 Adriana had tired of a world others would dream of forming part of: international fashion and all that goes with it.
Later on, I grew tired of living in big cities and working on big productions. I stopped being interested in fashion, but I was however still fascinated by fabrics. My dream was to do something ancestral, using raw materials, reclaim their beauty. I feel as though Mallorca is lost, nobody looks after the island’s ancient culture”, complains Adriana, who discovers a world full of emotions in tradition. “Wool smells, and it’s like having a piece of reality in your home. I feel sorry for people in New York, who live stuck inside four walls, when it would be so good for them to have some wool to reconnect with tradition and the land”.
The artist Adriana Meunié creates pieces of outstanding beauty by using fabrics and raw materials she sources from the rough landscape around her home in Mallorca, that she shares with her partner, a cat, a dog and a goat.
When Adriana Meunié left the BAU Centro Universitario de Diseño in Barcelona after having studied fashion design, she realised that her professional future wouldn’t be in the fashion world. But she had fallen in love with textiles and started experimenting with different textures, volumes and shapes. Adriana started collecting the raw materials in her direct surroundings, in the wild nature of the island where she grew up and started to transform them into extraordinary beautiful artworks. She uses wool, raffia or esparto grass – raw materials that we usually know in modified forms – in their natural form. „Before giving these materials a practical use, I find them wonderful and I wish to share this feeling”, Adriana says. Her objects speak for themselves. She brings unprocessed wool – she even helps shearing the sheep herself – and blank canvases together and turns them into raw wallhangings or creates a cape out of natural linen and grass. Adriana also collects antique fabrics, called „fill mallorquí” that she sews together and transforms them into pieces that tell secrets of times longs since past.
For our format „My life in Objects” we asked Adriana about the six objects that shaped her life.
What is the first object you remember that meant something to you?
What happened to it?
I think it would be a little turquoise box, printed with trees that my parents gave me to keep my falling teeth. I still have it with my tiny teeth inside.
What is your favorite object today?
I like old tools, I have different small sizes of hammers, some sheering scissors, I love really old rakes, but I think my favorite object is an old tool used in the fields to collect almonds that my dear partner Jaume transformed into a lamp (just adding a light bulb).
The best object you ever brought home as a souvenir
I really can't think about one! I usually like to buy food...
The last thing you bought and loved?
A big antique bucket with a tap which we used all summer to clean the dished outside with the water well. Beautiful and useful, the best combination.
One object you would like to own but can’t find, afford, ….
I would love to acquire antique traditional garments from Japan or Africa, those made by hand with raw elements...