San Sebastian-based artist Daniela Garreton pays homage to the beauty of the sea.
In 1952, Jack O'Neill invented the wetsuit so that he could stay in the water longer. His simple ambition led to an extraordinary future, both for himself and the surfing world as a whole. The Working Artisans' Club is the next chapter in that story - a celebration of modern makers, artisans and innovative craftfolk that will culminate in exhibitions in Germany and London.
Throughout the year we'll be profiling makers from across Europe in a series of short films on the website and articles in the magazine.
From her studio in San Sebastian in the Basque country, Daniela Garreton crafts pencil, ink and acrylic into playful celebrations of the aquatic life.
The Chilean-born artist has been in love with the ocean since she was a child, moving to San Sebastian to work full time as an artist and gain inspiration from the city’s seafaring culture.
In her work, she is constantly blending techniques and working on different materials from paper to alaia surfboards, to give extra depth and texture. Along the way, Daniela humanises her creations – think walruses with sailor hats, fish in suits and seagulls with eyepatches – to encourage people to give empathy and respect to all creatures of the sea.
The Working Artisans’ Club is presented by Huck and O’Neill.
The Working Artisans’ Club 2014 group show and workshops kick off in Munich, 16-19 October. Find out more here.