Soca is a project developed by me and Vanessa Monteiro that aims to strengthen ties between Cape Verde and Portugal via design, materials, and objects of use. Despite our distance, the two locations are linked not just conceptually but also physically through items transiting between them. The Portuguese word soca refers to the subterranean stem or rhizome of the plant, whereas Cape-Verdean Creole from Santo Antão, socá means to tighten. “Ess nô ta txeu socod,” this knot is well tight. It is the effort put in to ensure that something is securely tied. Basketry relies on this tension to complete each stitch.
Produced in S. Vicente (Cape Vert) by Hélder Delgado Tamareira palm tree fiber
42 x 8 x 32 cm, straps available in 4 colours
Photography by Luana Doret
Direction of Photography Eneida Lombe Tavares
Clothing Vanessa Monteiro Design
Model Nérika Amaral
Inspired by the artisanal process of basketry from the island of São Miguel, in the Azores, and in collaboration with a local craftsman, three new and original shapes emerge for this object.
The characteristics of this volcanic island originate a type of stone whose shape is used to give structure to the wicker. Project developed in collaboration with João Xará for MOR Design.
Produced in S. Miguel (Azores) by Alcídio Andrade Vime (portuguese name for wicker)
Series of handmade hats from ‘vime’, the portuguese name for this natural fiber. Weaved for diffent hairstyles and moods.
Designed during RARA 2021 Residency at Walk & Talk Festival
with the help of the artisan Alcídio Andrade.
Limited edition of 50 handmade baskets from the shape of 5 stones that compose the natural landscape of the island of S. Miguel. Collection developed at RARA,
Crafts Residency of Azores Region programmed in the context of Walk & Talk Festival.
Curated byMiguel Flor
Images by Ivo Oliveira Rodrigues ︎ ︎
Available55eur unit + shipping
Abrigo (EN shelter) is a place of refuge. Hand-woven, this mat combines textiles and wood, with the traditional weaving patterns from Azores as reference and the light cryptomeria wood.
Handmade with the artisan Mary Anne Melo (weaving) and Horácio Raposo (woodwork).
Homeware weaved containers inspired from the traditional fruits boxes found in São Miguel.
Designed during RARA 2021 Residency atWalk & Talk Festival, with the help of the artisans Horácio Raposo and Mary Anne Mello.
Curated by Miguel Flor
Images by Mariana Lopes
CARUMA, 2014 - 2021
Ceramics and basketry have walked side by side without
really crossing each other.
In this context arises Caruma, a series of vessels,
containers, formed by a mixed technique – earthenware and basketry -
demonstrating the possible relationship between two different construction
fields, creating a relationship of dependency between them. On the one hand the
earthenware with a strong tradition in the specific context in which the
project was carried out (Caldas da Rainha, PT) and on the other the Angolan
basketry - where part of my roots come from - particularly the sewed coiling
technique. This two materials create a relationship that is familiar to us;
basketry that is lasting to the daily scale, earthenware that is the historical
range. It is intended the intercultural dialogue that mixes closeness to what
is far away.
Materials: Earthenware; Pine Tree Needles; Raffia Photography: Tiago Gomes; Ivo Oliveira Rodrigues; Eneida Tavares
Creative Residence in Mindelo, Cape Vert occured during URDI,
an event dedicated to Crafts and Design whose main subject this edition was Music. Along with a team of Tamboreiros of Kola San Jon - artisans who make and play drums for San Jon festivities, Adalberto da Graça (from Brava), Bartolomeu dos Reis (Santo Antão/ São Vicente), José Miranda (São Vicente), Sebastião Monteiro (Santo Antão), Vlademiro dos Reis (Fogo) and me. This ritual is a strong tradition in the archipelago, and his knowledge travels from father to son, across the country and his diasporic landscapes.
Nowadays, less and less people know how to build the instrument so, during this residence, our goal was to unbuilding it so we could understand it better, the differences between islands - materials, language or rhytms -, learn about his history that crosses several countries as Portugal or Brasil, looking at his creoule dimension. The exhibition was thought and produced
in colaboration with The Home Project duo, Álbio Nascimento and Kathi Stertzig.
Photos: Eneida Tavares & Kathi Stertzig (The Home Project Studio)
Centro Nacional de Arte Artesanato e Design
Audio version of the short documentary made during the residence.
2016 - 2019
Projects developed in duo with Jorge Carreira.
Madeira x Metal and MDF x Metal for VICARA Wood and cooper wire.
Photos: G’day Byron Bay
Video: Tiago Gomes