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Kanica

Laura Vargas Llanas is a Madrid-based artist working under the creative name of “Kanica”. Laura’s background was rooted in art history, training in the commercial art world before becoming a fine artist. She graduated from The American University of Paris and Christie’s Education London with a degree in History of Modern and Contemporary Art and has previously worked at Christie’s, Carpenters Workshop Gallery and various leading art institutions. It was this art historical background which led to her becoming an artist. 

She says: “While studying history of art I discovered the work of Anni Albers and the weavers of the Bauhaus School, with their belief that every craft object has the potential to be art. I then discovered the work of contemporary fibre artist Sheila Hicks and I was completely drawn to her transformations of textiles into works of art. I wanted to explore those notions myself and translate them into my own vocabulary, with a focus on decorative design.”

Laura is perhaps best-known for her hand-embroidered canvases that embrace and revisit artisanal weaving techniques with a strong design aesthetic. Each embroidered piece is handcrafted in her studio using natural and ethically sourced yarns such as merino and alpaca wool, cotton and jute. She has also more recently created a collection of ceramics which were inspired by lockdown and her Spanish heritage. These “Amphoras” are terracotta vases created in collaboration with an artisan in the South of Spain, which Laura then paints - using the vessel as her canvas.


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Kanica's Style

Laura often starts her creative process by taking inspiration from an object or photograph seen in an exhibition or book, or even from a piece of furniture. She then creates compositions and colour combinations in her sketchbook until she finds the correct balance. She says: “when I work on the embroidered pieces I need to think in terms of shapes and the relationship between them to create a composition, either a rhythmic or a more structured one. I always think in terms of shapes and positive and negative space. As the wool I use is naturally dyed, the colours are very rich and earthy, so I tend to play and mix the shades until I have a combination that I feel works well together.”

 

Her ceramics came about during the first lockdown in Spain. She abruptly found herself locked at home and ran out of canvases. She explains: “I had a couple of decorative amphoras in my terrace (something quite common in Spain, especially if you live in the south) and I decided to experiment with them and explore how I could adapt my practice into a different medium and format. These particular amphoras are called Cantaros - traditional objects used to keep, preserve or transport liquids.” After lockdown she found a local artisan to work with on a larger collection of these vessels.

 

“I feel that as creatives, we need to continue stepping outside of our comfort zones, pushing the definition of craftsmanship, design and art, merging disciplines and exploring different mediums to find what suits us best. During these uncertain times specially, I think it is important to be able to adapt to the environment that surrounds us, and experiment with what we have available. In this particular case, I am thrilled I had those cantaros at home!”

“The quote by artist Anni Albers, “Pure forms will never bore us”, is a consistent motto in my line of work. With every composition I seek to find a balance between rhythm and stillness, by combining texture, rudimentary shapes and colour.” -  Laura Vargas Llanas

In The Flesh

This curation is on show at our exhibition 'In The Flesh'. Come see it to 105 Pimplico Road, SW1W 8NQ from 25th November to 19th December 2021.

This will be the first time that the artists of Partnership Editions have come together in a physical space since lockdown has lifted, and it celebrates the very fact that we're able to see their works in person again.

We embrace the many purposes of an exhibition: a way to unite artists and collectors, and an opportunity to engage with both people and art - something we've all been deprived of for too long. The works in this exhibition have been selected based on their exceptional skill and power to communicate. See their colours, their textures, experience their emotions, let them get under your skin...in the flesh.

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    Olive and Blue
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  • Malbec and Mustard
    Malbec and Mustard
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  • Aubergine and Orange
    Original cushion hand woven by emerging artist Kanica. Featuring an abstract design with blue, green and pink detailing.
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  • Pink and green
    Pink and green
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  • Blue and Olive
    Colourful hand woven cushion by emerging artist Kanica, made using cotton and velvet.
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  • Green and Aubergine
    Hand woven cushion made by the talented artist Kanica made using cotton and velvet.
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  • Medium White
    Medium White | Kanica| Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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    Stencil VIII
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    Stencil VII
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Drop 6 - Winter 2021

"These new series of works was inspired by artist Josef Albers’ Bauhaus Stencil Lettering System from 1926–1928, after seeing the work at a recent exhibition in the Musée d´Art Moderne in Paris. The Bauhaus has always been a constant inspiration in my work, and I am particularly fond of Anni and Josef Albers oeuvre. In these series I wanted to experiment and play around with the Stencil Lettering System to create different visual compositions in a “Bauhaus architectural” language, by combining vertical and horizontal arrangements and juxtaposing and balancing the different elements." - Kanica, Formal Balance

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    Stencil III
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  • Stencil IV Sold
    Stencil IV
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  • Stencil V Sold
    Stencil V
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  • Stencil VI Sold
    Stencil VI
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    Stencil VIII
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  • Stencil I Sold
    Stencil I
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The Debut Home Collection

"I wanted to create a colourful and unique collection of cushions, that embraced the visual language and embroidered style of my canvases and ceramics, while exploring a new technique and medium. Each cushion is made of a hand-embroidered wool on cotton side, combined with a sumptuous colourful velvet fabric on the other side, and finished by a contrasting colour velvet piping. I employed the technique of “punch and needle” for the embroidered work. This allowed me to create more playful and textured designs, using repeated patterns and compositions. My aim was to mix different textures and colours to create a beautiful cushion collection for the home." - Kanica, Cushions by Kanica

Drop 4 - High Summer 2021

"In these new series of embroidered works I wanted to continue my exploration on how different shapes interact with each other and how they create a sense of balance depending on their composition. The series combines both organic and geometric pieces, yet the visual search is the same, the interplay between the forms." - Kanica, Jigsaw

Drop 2 - Spring 2021

"In these new decorative vases series I wanted to further explore the ways in which colour and shapes interact and influence each other and alter our own individual perceptions. I am particularly interested by Josef Albers “Interaction of Colour” theory, that suggests that colours are best studied via experience, experimentation and observations. Using colours inspired by the Mediterranean (deep blues, sandy mustards, red orange bricks, and whites) and applying his studies into painting the vases in a rhythmic manner, I observed how the same colour can be perceived rather differently against the various colour backgrounds. What I also like about this collection is that it is very playful, as every angle of the vase is different and by turning it around you have a new experience each time, therefore, further exploring the colour notions of Albers." - Kanica, Neo Terra

Drop 1 - New Year 2021

"I subconsciously added a circle in each work. Paul Klee's quotation came to my mind and somehow felt humorous and appropriate, as I feel the dots connect the pieces together." - Kanica, ‘A dot is a line that has gone for a walk’

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    Mustard dot | Kanica | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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    Terracotta dot | Kanica | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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    Blue dot | Kanica | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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    Maple dot | Kanica | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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    Navy dot | Kanica | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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    Black dot | Kanica | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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    Green dot | Kanica | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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    Honey dot | Kanica | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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    Barolo dot | Kanica | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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Formas

"Formas is the Spanish name for shapes and the title of my debut collection. The quote by artist Anni Albers, "pure forms will never bore us”, is a consistent motto in my line of work. With every composition I seek to find a balance between rhythm and stillness, by combining texture, rudimentary shapes and colour." - Kanica, Formas

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