The work "Let's Fly away" by artist Catarina Diaz is part of Juux Studio's latest luxury cushion collection.
"Ode to Freedom II" is Juux Studio's new luxury cushion collection, for which the artist Catarina Diaz was invited to develop one of her works in analogue collage. The collection, comprising four compositions of exclusive cushions in velvet and limited to 12 units each, aims to raise awareness of the current fragility of the planet's fauna and flora.
The invitation was launched by the designer and artist Joana Sá Cabanelas, who saw in Catarina Diaz's work an aesthetic and ethical visual manifesto of the relationship between humans and nature. The harmony was immediate. The result was the cushion "Let's fly away + Let's find a way". On one side, Catarina presents us with an imposing raven and an elegant woman dressed in dark. They are presented to us in a mirrored way, without any scenery behind them. Only the characters exist there. Both with their heads held high, both looking over their shoulder, adorned with the white jasmine flower, symbolising reverence. "Let's fly away" speaks to us of a genuine, grounded relationship, which offers an invitation to a solo journey, as well as a joint adventure, when the other is in the same line of horizon and commitment.
On the other side, JUUX proposes an invitation to reconnect the beautiful and surprising nature that strives to survive with the city world, full of haste, harsh materials, and based on fast and cheap consumerism. To emphasise this possible relationship based on respect, Joana Sá Cabanelas recreated a casual and often seen beautiful event in big cities when a plant or a flower ruptures from a concrete wall. To create awareness of this possible and most needed cohesion, she elevated this need for change and painted a "Fairrie's Paphiopedilum" plant, which is critically endangered.
The two sides of the same cushion whisper that only a genuine relationship with ourselves, the other, and nature allows us to go. To fly and find the way.
All cushions are entirely produced in Portugal, measuring 50X50cm, and covered in polyester velvet with invisible external hems and invisible zip. They can be purchased on Juux's online shop (www.juuxstudio.com), on Sao Rafael Galleries, on United Boutiques, at the store of Universidade do Porto and soon at a Portuguese Museum.