Born in 1987, Laia Varela studies Teaching in the field of Foreign Language at the University of the Basque Country (2008). Moved by her interest in multicultural education, she continues her studies of Social and Cultural Anthropology, graduating also in the UPV (2010), and then, the Masters Degree in Multicultural Contexts and Plurilingual at the University of Mondragon (2011) .
Laia Varela decides to turn her career into a more creative field. Always linked to architecture, art and fashion, she decides to undertake the world of jewelry. In June 2014, she qualifies as a Technician in Jewelry in the Easo Politeknikoa (San Sebastián). During these studies, she realizes her practicum at the Galerie Wenge located in the picturesque Montmartre (Paris), under the tutelage of the contemporary jeweler Amira Sliman.
She has conducted art workshops on Oteiza, Frida Kahlo, Alexander Calder and other artists from various disciplines.
Actually, she lives and works in Paris, where she finds great inspiration and keeps in touch with different artists.
When creating her jewelry pieces, Laia Varela seeks to achieve beauty, her idea of beauty. She also understands jewelry as an extension of the body and soul. Her pieces show her personality: simple, natural and true to the idea of ‘less is more’. Her designs are timeless, minimalist and geometric made for sophisticated people.
Curious as she is, she tries to get inspiration from everything around her. Architecture, sculpture, photography, painting and culture are some of her inspiration sources.
In her work, the process of research has the same importance as the creative process. Behind every piece of each collection, there is a previous work of reading, visualizing, visiting… of various topics and interests of the author. Then the sketching, the layout and finally, the creation of the piece itself.
Laia Varela works with metals like sterling silver and gold, fabrics and other materials. All the pieces are thoroughly handmade one by one, with a minimal impact on the environment. Therefore, they may have slight natural imperfections and some could have little differences as its a manual process.