Patricia Rodrigues | Interior Designer
Patricia Rodrigues is an Interior Designer from Portugal. We recently had a chat with her and are extremely happy to feature her on our blog.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Patricia Rodrigues and I come from Portugal, a country famous for many things such as having warming people! I recently had a baby girl and I am in love with her every single day!
I consider myself a hardworking person, avid to know new people and experience different cultures. I try to observe and absorb from all my daily life experiences, such as travelling, listening to music and watching films.
I have another passion…food! Cooking and eating, preferably with a glass of good red wine!
How would you describe your approach to making art?
I grew up in a country that finds its own ways to overcome different social and economic crisis and I am very proud of my roots. I simply want to share with other people my vision of the world and I found in Architecture and in Art my communication vehicle.
Considering myself a “city person”, Art and Design are two of the anthropological processes of making better “habitats”.
What has been the biggest influence on your style?
I don’t have a particular “style”, however I appreciate minimalism. The world is full of information, too much of it, in my perspective. So simplifying it to its essence, allows people to give its own character. That is why I really love the Modernism period of the 20th century and also the Japanese design.
What would you say is your strong skill and how did you master it?
My strongest skill I would consider perseverance; Being stubborn helps!
What type of project do you enjoy working the most?
Having a lot of passions makes it difficult to answer this particular question, however I enjoy the conceptual part of any design project
Do you have any artistic rules that you believe in?
I studied and taught History of Art and i strongly believe they are the canons that we should support on.
What is the best piece of advice that you have heard?
“1% inspiration, 99% perspiration” (however I would change slightly the percentage…very slightly!
What can you tell future artists?
Never give up on listening, observing, studying and work hard. Open up your senses to the world!
Could you tell us about your work flow -Inspiration to Application?
I take inspiration from, what you might think is silly but, my daily-life experiences; but application is a very serious amalgamation of anthropological and technical factors, which we need to have knowledge about. And knowledge requires, more than experiencing and living; fundamentally, studying and recurring to a lot of “mock-ups”. Design doesn’t end here though! There is the engagement between the objects of inspiration, the Creation and the Human and that is the after application — to see how the human being reacts/interacts.
Tell us five gadgets that you can’t live without at the moment?
Hate gadgets…nowadays, only my daughter’s toys!!!
What are you reading currently?
Reading again “Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka.
What is your personal motto?
Perseverance, even when you are dreaming awake!