The main protagonist of LOEWE Weaves is the Galician chestnut roaster: a handmade clay pot punched with holes. Each has become a canvas for artists and artisans to explore experimental weaving techniques, twisting their functionality and giving them new life.
The maker behind the Galician clay pots themselves is Spanish artisan Antonio Peréira, whose craft has been passed down from generation to generation of potters before him.
Idoia Cuesta is a Spanish leather artisan who has crafted pieces for LOEWE’s runway and RTW collections. Her chestnut roaster weaving technique is directly inspired by the Japanese art of bamboo Ikebana.
Belén Martinez is a Galician artisan focused on the preservation of traditional basketry weaving techniques. Her work for LOEWE Weaves is both ancient and contemporary using natural fibres.
Laia Arqueros is a ceramic artist based in Barcelona. Her Galician chestnut roaster plays with themes of ritual and escape. The work is available to buy through Sotheby’s Buy Now online marketplace..
ARKO is a Japanese ‘straw artist’ and a finalist of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2018. ARKO implants the chestnut roaster with bristling organic texture. ARKO’s work is available to buy through Sotheby’s Buy Now online marketplace.
Min Chen is a Chinese bamboo artist and a finalist of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2018. His Chestnut roaster is an intricate, delicate and contemplative work, available to buy through Sotheby’s Buy Now online marketplace.