With the Weaves project, the Spanish luxury brand Loewe reinforces its commitment to support craftsmanship. Loewe has collaborated with Sotheby’s auction house on the Loewe Weaves project: a collection of unique artisan crafted objects, including artist-embellished Galician chestnut roasters, leather bags and accessories.
The main protagonist of the collection is the traditional Chestnut roaster from Galicia (Spain). These impressive pierced vases were handmade by the master ceramist Antonio Pereira and then reinterpreted by three international artists: Arko (Japan), Min Chen (China) and Laia Arqueros (Spain).
In this artistic project, the holes that in origin allowed to roast the chestnuts have been transformed into supports to experiment with new weaving techniques. The three artists have decorated seven chestnut roasters using materials such as rice straw bristles and bamboo flowers. The Chestnut Roasters are available for purchase at a fixed price via Sotheby’s Online Marketplace Buy Now.
In addition to these pieces, Loewe gave 84 chestnut roasters to the Spanish artists Idoia Cuesta and Belen Martinez and to the artisans of their own ateliers to experiment and express their creativity.
Holes have been braided or passed through with strips of fabrics, ribbons, cords, leather laces, feathers, straw and wool. The functionality of these objects has been overturned and transformed, playfully driving it towards abstraction. Most of the materials that embellish the vases of the Loewe Weaves project are surpluses of past Loewe collections.
Their experimental motifs have inspired a collection of handcrafted leather accessories, including bags and bracelets. Like the chestnut vases, a selection of accessories, including the Balloon Bag, has been embellished with waste materials.