About the Designer – Luke Mansini
"Ultimately, it’s the handmade, tactile nature of the Relik pieces that give them a point of difference"
I like to create objects that beautify a space. People love to be in a creative, visually stimulating environment and these days it seems that we’ve been inundated with mass produced product to feed this desire. At Relik, we believe that each sculptural piece should have integrity, be made with care by hand and add value to people’s lives. Ultimately, it’s the handmade, tactile nature of the Relik pieces that give them a point of difference in the current market.
It’s an interesting time for sculptural artists. Modern technology has allowed us to experiment with new materials and techniques. I like to work with quite crude materials such as silicone, polymers, concrete, sand and paint. I also like the fact that my pieces can stand on their own as sculptures and decorative objects or be utilized to hold water, soil and plants. They can be used for many different purposes, but they are considered art because they are unique and aesthetic, with a clear concept behind their creation.
I’ve always been inspired by nature and I’ve also had a lifelong interest in combining different objects, colours, images, textures and shapes to create art. My passions, studies and the past six years working fulltime as a visual artist have allowed me to gain invaluable insight into how certain materials work with each other in aesthetic and structural harmony. Over time, I believe I’ve gained quite a unique perspective on the qualities of different metals, woods, stones, resins and concrete. I look forward to exploring more mediums and continuing to express my ideas in the visual art realm.
The Studio – Relik
The Relik studio is based at Cedar Creek (45 minutes from Brisbane CBD). This semirural area at the base of Mt. Glorious, with its silence, lush rainforests and crystal creeks, is the perfect place to create and develop my designs. I grew up here and often go wandering in the bush or along the creeks and waterholes for my inspiration. The textures and finishes in my work often echo the weathered rock or driftwood surfaces in this environment. At my studio I make each piece by hand and I firmly believe that the joy of creating in these surrounds imbues the work with energy and a soulful quality.