18 Jul Diana Beltran Herrera
Diana Beltran Herrera is a Colombian born designer and artist who specializes in creating art from our everyday, ordinary materials as her medium: wire, cardboard, plastic and paper. After graduating with her BA degree in Industrial Design at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University (Bogota, Colombia) in 2010, she decided to pursue design as an experimental practice, researching daily about different materials that exist around us and are present in our everyday lives. These materials are transformed into pieces to represent a resistance in time and rekindle the distance between human and nature.
Her focus on sustainable and economic materials promotes the potential of transformation through simple techniques and processes based on repetition, and many of her sculptures reflect this idea. Just as the patterns found in nature, her sculptures comprehend massive groups of elements that together compose a major complex system. One of her most extensive series is her work with birds, insects, fish and plants. These works have been exhibited in her country, Colombia, and in solo and group shows in Europe, Asia and the USA.
She is currently living in Bristol, where she graduated with distinction from an MA in Fine Arts at the University of the West of England (UWE). Recent commissions include a piece for the Festival of ideas (program developed by Bristol City Council), and her first solo show in Asia (Jakarta, Indonesia) supported by the Embassy of Colombia in Indonesia and the Colombian Foreign Ministry.
Join us in 2020 for an exciting collaboration entitled “The Paper Workshop”. This workshop will open doors to the “Paper World” by providing new insights on this adaptive material and its multiple applications in different creative disciplines. Through experimentation, repetition and evolution of basic techniques, participants will be able to learn a new approach to draft proposals, build models, prototypes or even create their own finished pieces.
Get inspired by Diana’s prowess with her creative process, and by your fellow participants, coming from varied backgrounds and united by a common interest in fashion, design and artisanal activities. The Paper Workshop is designed for students, artists, professionals, enthusiasts and anyone who’s interested in learning basic techniques and processes to manipulate and transform paper.