Rosa Fabregat

Barcelona – Menorca

The metamorphosis through the Mediterranean Sea

Artwork

Thanks to her great technique and expertise in textile styling and visual arts, Rosa started to design and execute original and unique pieces of jewelry. Her major inspiration for that is the transformation of nature, life and ancient civilisations. She loves knot collars (which symbolise ancient communication through language) and she is particularly fascinated by the strength of pieces found in excavations, as they reflect culture.

Our artist creates unique pieces by utilising fossils and marine microorganisms found in the Mediterranean Sea coast. Other material she uses in jewelry making are: nacre, gold leaf, sand… Her finishing work and colour tones range from red oxide, green tones, gold leaf blues (lapislazuli), green-bluish tones, black, oyster-white, ochre to bright yellow and Pompeian red. It is important to highlight that her jewelry is in constant dialogue with old civilisations, sometimes in form of hand-blown glass amphoras and sandy textures carriers of natural scents: orange, cinnamon, Rosemary.

Knowing Rosa as artist and listening to the voice that seems to come from her artwork, we can state that evolution (metamorphosis / transformation) is her sign of identity. Rosa uses fossils and rest of marine animals in her creations and this way she makes useless objects useful. She gives back life to death and so she creates a cyclic process like nature does, where everything is useful and beautiful; where the end is also a new beginning.

“Art is born by the observation and investigation of nature”

Cicero

Interview

Where and when was your passion for creating jewelry born?

It’s been always there. I was deeply submerged into the design of clothes and visual art but I have always somehow incorporated jewelry into my artwork.


How have your studies influenced your art? And your personal experience?

My studies in art history and design have been very important for my creations. However, the most important thing has been the observation of archaeological excavations as I then always imagined figures, shapes and how ancient civilisations are reflected in them.


Your jewelry art is connected to the wonderful island of Menorca, where you live since 1975. Why is that so?

Well, Menorca is a great source of inspiration for artists. When I observe the sky and its constellations…. and the light reflected on the small Mediterranian bays I feel a great urge to create.


You create with fossiles and other rare materials. How do you do it? And how do you get inspired by those materials?

When I am at the sea I normally pick fossiles and then I imagine shapes and I think of how could I transform those into small sculptures for the wearers to carry them as talismans.

 

How do you incorporate ancient history of old civilisations into your jewelry?

I am passionate about anthropology and knowledge about old civilisations. Jewelry, thanks to its different colours and textures, somehow reflects an old way of living and it adds to it the value of identity.

 

We love your atelier… How do you feel when you work in it?

In my atelier I am a fulfilled person. There I no longer care about daily issues. I love to combine pigments and materials that become visual art and jewelry.

From her beautiful atelier in Menorca, this experienced artist will share her unique artwork with us. AMA#Nature

Biography

Rosa Fabregat was born in Barcelona, where she studied Textile Design at the EATM- Escola d’Arts i Tècnica de la Moda. After that she pursued specialised education in styling with professors such as Rosa María Casas (Drawing), Aurelia Muñoz (Tapestry), Lluis Trepat (Drawing) and in history of art at the Institució Cultural del CIC Barcelona under the renowned Alexandre Cirici i Pellicer.

Rosa, who has always been ahead of her time, has lived in Barcelona, Paris and Berlin. In 1975 she moved to Menorca where she lives so far. Rosa is a versatile and polifacetic artist who initially stood out for her designs in lynnon and natural silk, murals and paintings for which she uses Etruscan and Pompeian formula she herself dares to innovate. She enjoys playing with pigments and oils in order to create transparencies, profound textures and relief.

Rosa Fabregat has participated at exhibitions worldwide: Menorca, Barcelona, Goteborg, New Zealand… Among her exhibitions it is worth mentioning her work “Migrations and the Mediterranean” at the Menorca Museum. There she expresses a feeling of openness to new ways where to find roots and build a new life.

Recently the Menorca Museum and the culture hall Sala de Cultura de Sa Nostra has exhibited her “Transformació” (Transformation), the Beautiful Story of the Cosmos Transformation, specifically of mother earth and her evolution. In this exhibition Rosa Fabregat conveys her vision on planet Earth evolution and on life throughout three interventions: 50 paintings installed on five totems, a performance representing a table on which plates are works of art and the working space in which visitors discover materials, tools and techniques that the artist uses when creating. Transformació is a group of work that aims at explaining the planet’s (hi)story: the earth’s origin, life, the ecosystems, the atmosphere and the oxygen. From there on, the artist gives her interpretation to the birth of cells, multicellular organisms, the spinal column, fish, plants that conquer the earth by the photosynthesis, reptiles, wings… This way Rosa introduces and drags the spectator in a universe of primitive life in constant evolution.