ADDRESS Interview with Talia Silva.

Describe your creative process. It’s varied. Often, I’ll sketch out an initial idea or make a small model, sometimes I’ll get a feeling while working on something completely different and I’ll go with it, allowing intuition to take the lead. Play and experimentation as a means of discovery is a crucial part of my process. With an idea at hand, I’ll make a plaster mould for slip casting or in the case of hand building use slabs or coils of clay to make the forms. The finished forms are often carved into, drawn on or simply glazed.

Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? Inspiration often appears when I am spending time outdoors immersed in nature, observing the surrounding textures, forms, shadows, patterns, colours and sounds. However, inspiration can be elusive at times; it might make it’s way to me on my walks to and from the studio or simply by being there working. I attempt to quiet the mind, work on a task and in time an idea will pop into my head and I’ll follow it. In these moments I find it helpful to have a good music playlist and my phone on do not disturb and out of reach.

What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? Try not to be too attached to outcomes/don’t force it. Some of my favourite ideas and methods have come from indirect or accidental directions, going off on tangents from an original idea and sometimes never making it to the original envisioned concept. Trust in the process and yourself!

What’s your dream project? I have always wanted to work on a large-scale installation, something immersive for people to be enveloped by. But also, designing and building a home – a live-in sculpture – with natural building materials including clay (go figure!).

What design trends are you excited about? It’s been exciting to see the increase of people shopping locally and wanting to support their communities and local artisans by purchasing handmade goods. Also, the embrace of “imperfections” as mark of character instead of undesirable, which often accompanies human/handmade.