ENRIC MAJORAL

By Maya Dupont, Photograph by Alberto Alcoc July 2016 LIFESTYLE Read in PDF format N10/2016
ENRIC MAJORAL “WITHOUT YOUR HEART, YOU LOSE THE SOUL OF WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO CREATE”

How did your journey into jewellery design begin?

“I came to live in Formentera in the early ‘70s and simply began to create. I began to create jewellery, and a language of my own that was different from the trends because I was self taught. Finally an image was born influenced by what I saw from the ocean, the culture and the people.”

You told me you gain inspiration from the culture of the island, but what is this culture? What does it mean to you?

“When we talk about the culture of the island, we are talking about the culture of the Mediterranean, the Western culture, the Phoenician culture, the ancient Greeks, the Arabs, Europe and America. We are talking about the culture of the world. When I came to the island, and Formentera in particular, there were places that were so untouched that you could imagine the Phoenicians, the first inhabitants, here. Fast forward years later and the Mediterranean continues to be a place where cultures mix, people from all over the world come here. So for us to have a shop in Ibiza provides us with the same international outreach as if we were to have a shop in New York.”

Do you take inspiration from certain artists or movies?

“I like artists that give me energy to continue creating – it’s about seeing someone’s work and gaining energy and ideas, an indirect influence of being inspired. I always say that art and all things artisan are a combination of three: your hands, your head and your heart. You can have your head and your hands but without your heart you lose the soul of what you are trying to create.”

Could you explain to us your process of design from beginning to end?

“Sometimes you have a clear flash, but normally I start by making sketches. These sketches begin to form an idea that you then take to the workshop. Often your sketch ends up nothing like the original, but your ideas mature in the process. Sometimes it takes years to find the ideal form – you want something that is simple, and elegant but still represents your initial idea – and then finally you find that simple form and you know its what you were looking for.”

What are some places you have travelled to that have inspired you?

“I haven’t travelled all too much because I’ve been working too much! When I was younger in 1969 I went to India, and I was really impressed by the jewellery there. It was jewellery that the women wore with personality. It also represented their prosperity and their riches but not their material riches – but prosperity saying ‘I live a good life’ and this is what you see here as well.”

The new Majoral boutique is located in Ibiza town, Annibal, 8.

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