Meet Miguel Alonso, One Of The Top Portuguese Master Artisans! – Craftsmanship is one of the biggest trends in the luxury design industry, so is important to know and recognize the top master artisans that are a representation of each country cultural heritage. For example, in the inspiring Portuguese craftsmanship, Miguel Alonso is one of the biggest references in the industry!
Known as one of the biggest references in the Portuguese Craftsmanship, Miguel Alonso is a carver and one of the master artisans of the Ricardo Espírito Santo Silva Foundation (FRESS). The Foundation has the goal of preserving and promoting the know-how of decorative arts. In order to highlight the importance of the cultural heritage, the incredible CovetED Magazine realized an exclusive interview with Miguel Alonso, where he talked a little bit about his amazing art of carving skills.
With 8 years of experience in the FRESS Foundation, Miguel Alonso is leaving proof that the ancient craftsmanship techniques that represented the Portuguese cultural heritage won’t be forgotten by the new generations.
How do you describe your art?
Miguel Alonso: That’s a tough question. It’s a very complex art, very thorough. Starting isn’t hard, but the evolution is complicated. It’s an art that, as my master says, ‘a good carver is made through seven years of work’. So, it’s many years of work and there have to be challenges and an ongoing change in your style of work. Having innovation and different styles in order to be able to evolve and grow.
What types of projects have you developed with the Foundation so far?
Miguel Alonso: Besides these inspiring craftsmanship projects with new talented designers, I also develop replicas and restoration. Currently, I’m part of the staff, that’s a big asset because, no matter what, I’m there, I have my job. And the good thing is I always have work to do. I’m always doing what I love and I’m always working on my field of expertise.
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The new initiatives help raise awareness towards the work of artisans. Do you feel that visibility is something important for your work?
Miguel Alonso: Of course, it’s really important. Not only because it gives value to our work, but also because it’s promoted. Has I said earlier, I think that these types of crafts began to be forgotten. And this new introduction of design in traditional craftsmanship is very important to us, to our personal promotion as well as our promotion as artists.
Do you believe that the arts are marginalized?
Miguel Alonso: In a way, yes. People are still not very receptive to this type of work. That’s why I talked so much about promotion, because I was lucky enough to be a part of Homo Faber in Venice, and the people’s reaction is completely different from the reaction of the people in Portugal.
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