Wednesday, June 24, 2015

chatting with designer Rodrigo Otazu

Here’s the thing about “creatives.”  They are rarely satisfied, usually driven beyond the scope of most, always thinking, often moody, always on the move (as if propelled by an alternate power source) and always their own worst critics. They constantly challenge themselves!

Rodrigo Otazu is a designer who knows that there are no limits for him. He is a jewelry designer (both fashion and fine), a performer, an entrepreneur, a dreamer and of late a showman.  He spends his time in both North and South America as well as in the Far East and Europe.  He is a man who has decided that it is within his power and grasp to be a well-known and recognizable brand as well as a world class designer. He is doing what most wish they could and that is promoting himself and his brand on an international stage.

 I have been tracking this man for over a year now and I think it’s high time for more of you do the same. He is “findable” on Instagram as well as his website so pay attention!!!

PS. The answers are literally being spoken to you with little to no alteration ….

1-what are your current inspirations?
Freedom of expression … that is why the wings of Freedom are key for creativity … I think, when people in general, not only artists, are free and happy can’t get much  better in life, I am celebrating my freedom

2-you do both fashion and fine jewelry; what do you love about each classification?
I love both as a father love any of his “childs”, you can’t explain why you just love them unconditional

3-since we last spoke you have literally taken your “show” on the road... please fill us in on the details.
You know what they say if the mountain don’t come to you, I shall go to the mountain LOL …  The truth of the matter is that it’s important to bring the message of your art to different places, this can help you not just for people to know your work and look your art closely …. This helps you to get to know who are your “lovers”... who is the true people who cherish you work and help you to open new horizons.  As much as I love my home NYC, the remote control of the world is important to get out of your seat and do things. This is really inspiring to me. 
The show starts with wings, that is the representation of freedom for a woman in power who can show herself to the world and be fearless, this was the beginning of it all … then I design futuristic pieces made put of ZINK … to show that a simple yet amazing metal can do such amazing effects right in front your eyes. I work with over 300 people, I made simple dresses and very elaborated jewelry … 65 models on stage and 4 months working on each detail … I am ready to do it again !  ….. One thing that I will like to mention is that this show is the representation of my spirit and state of mind and is paying tribute to my pret porter collections that are coming from this source of inspiration  FOR THE FULL SHOW  ……

4-can you give us a brief run down about what you have been up to in the past year?
I have been going to school leaning new techniques and that was a lot of fun. I open a shop in Japan and this was a huge challenge. I have designed a couture collection of clothing which was something that I wanted to do for such a long time. Is fun to set yourself in different situations. I find it healthy and provocative, in a good way, to your soul so you can move on and progress personally and in an artistic way 

5--what are your plans for the future?
So many … My life is a constant evolution and is exciting to see what your brain can do… I am counting my blessings and thanking god for the energy that he is pouring into my life …. Just wait... is a lot more of me coming!

6-what is your favorite thing about doing what you do? And why?
My work is a tool for me to express my soul …. I feel so lucky that I don’t feel my work is my work, you know what I mean? 
I get up in the morning and I open my eyes…before I have even a coffee and open my computer to see what the worlds have for me
I am so happy and blessed that my life is not a routine, I am not made up for a 8 to 5 job … I have work all my life to be where I am today

7-if you were not creating jewelry, what would you be doing and why?
I will be designing buildings … HUGE buildings around the world. Did I say that???  this my next adventure …. Well …Stay tuned! LOL

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