The eye of the artist, the hand of the craftsman.

Sinan Sigic

Meeting with Sinan Sigic, a multi-talented creative who transforms ordinary materials into joyful works of art.

A word that defines you or describes your profession? 

My profession is eclectic, multifaceted, and deverse. I primarily create unique items based on commissions:lighting fixtures, games, artisitc installations,etc. These commissions come from both individuals and brands. 

I also design showcases and engage in scenography or set-design for photoshoots. 

Oeuvres d'art et jeux de lumière et de couleur. Chat.

Behind what happens before your eyes, what passion drives and influences your work?  

What captivates and inspires me are the creatives whose ingenuity fills the gaps in resources, much like the artists of the Arte Povera movement.

For instance, starting with piece of paper but finding a folding idea taht adds significant value to the object.

I like to believe in the notion that the less resources available, the shaper the creativity becomes. 

What do your creations tell us? 

Eclecticism again ! I always get excited about discovering new materials and techniques; it's very stimulating for me. I also enjoy having fun, regardless of the project's nature, and that playful aspect is evident in almost everything I've created so far, even if it wasn't intentional. 

I also realize transparency, colors and light are omnipresent in my work.

What is your definition of beauty? 

Beauty is what makes us happy. 

Recycling is at the heart of your approach. Beyond the aesthetics of these new objects that come to life in your hands, what message are you sending to the world? 

Recylcing has been ingrained in my culture for as long as I can remember. My mother used to create rugs and kilims from scraps of old fabrics. She dyed them with natural dyes that she developed herself (walnut husks, tree barks, spices, tea, etc.). she crafted her own looms based on the dimensions of the projetcs, she reclaimed, washed, spun, dyed, and then wove the wool from the sheep she raised. she could make a rug solely from what she had around her. 

I unconsciously followed a similar process for my creations. This choice, initially due to a lack of resources, has evolved into a deliberate aesthetic choice.

However, I have no message regarding the virtues of recycling to convey because it would be moralizing. Everyone has their ecological conscience. A successful recycled object, in my opinion, is one that can compete with an industrial object in terms of aesthetics, modernity, and techniques. 

At SAUDADE, we believe that everyone, be it objetcs or humans, deserves a second life. In yours, what would you do? 

I don't believe in it, unfortunately! But if it were true, I would like to be a cat.

Saudade is a blend of nostalgia and hope. What is the moment or object that best represents Saudade for you?

The moment or object that best embodies Saudade for me, to connect it to Casa SAUDADE, it's when, as a child, I played on the horizontal loom on which my mother crafted her rugs. I would squeeze between the warp threads to fall onto the flor. When she compacted the weft threads with her beater, it made me bounce or vibrate depending on the progress of her rug. That's what I thought about while working with SAUDADE.

One last question, just for fu: your rug takes off, where does it take you ? 

Wherever it pleases, as log as I'm accompanied by my partner and our cats, and the destination remains a place of boundless inventiveness and creativity.

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