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Water is an infinite source of creation.

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I`ve tried a new method to mould fabric: steaming.
It is by far the cleanest one and also you don`t need any special stuff, just the steamer you use for cooking and any kind of material to give the shape. I´ve used cork balls, but you can use anything you can wrap and tie to your fabric (mines were already covered with plastic because last time I used them with stiffener, but with this steaming method it´s not necessary to do so. Although I think it can be “safer” to avoid to tranfer unwanted colours).

I chose a green silk gauze for this first attempt. I´ve heard that synthetic materials also shape well with steam, but I can´t assure it. Usually natural fibers react better to most of the fabric manipulation techniques and I also tend to choose them, so… silk it is.

Wanna try?

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Wrap your fabric to the chosen objects and tie them with cord or rubber bands.
You can use any “mould”,  balls, coins, nails, buttons, dices, bottle cups, whatever. Just make use that the material accepts heat and that it´s not dirty.

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Steam for at least 10 minutes.
Wait until the fabric is cold, and take it out of the pot.

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Leave it to dry.
Time will depend on the temperature of your space and the fabric you´ve used.
The important thing is that it must be completely dry before the next step.
Ready? Cut the ties and unmould it…

Tah dah!!!

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“Threaded” Godais!

Happy to anounce that three Godai Ladies have been selected to be part of Threaded, an online exhibition curated by Envision Arts.
Fu, Chi and Ku are sharing virtual space with an interesting selection of textile art pieces from many other parts of the glove. I highly recommend to go and have a look, there are many ways to express through fiber.

Me alegra poder deciros que tres de las cinco Godai han sido seleccionadas para formar parte de la muestra de arte textil “Threaded” organizada por Envision Arts.
Aire, tierra y éter están compartiendo espacio virtual con una gran variedad de expresiones táctiles de buena parte del mundo. Os recomiendo una visita… ;)

Bost Godai Ladiak aurkeztu nituen, baina artista bakoitzeko gehienez hiru lan aukeratzen zituzten. Parte hartuko nuela jakinarazi zidatenean kuriosidadeaz jota begiratu nuen zein zen haien hautaketa… Nere bi faboritoak kanpoan, kuriosoa. XD

Heterotextil en Bilbaoarte

¡Bagoaz Bilbora tralara tralara!
Workshop: textile as artistic material.

Traigo una propuesta que he desarrollado junto a Malús Arbide, artista y diseñadora de patterns, para el centro Bilboarte.
Es un curso-taller para explorar y descubrir el potencial de la tela como material artístico. Arrancará Malús dando todas la claves para realizar un diseño con el objetivo de estampar una pieza de tela propia, y una vez esté cada una de las telas en las manos creadoras correspondientes, yo guiaré en todo lo necesario para darles volumen y transformarlas en objetos tridimensionales.

La dinámica, el programa y todos los detalles del taller están el la web de Bilbaoarte.

Estoy muy contenta y tengo unas ganas tremendas de vivir esta experiencia.
La pieza que véis en el cartel la hice con un tejido estampado de Malús, ¡una joya! Es una gozada trabajar con algo tan sugerente. Deseando ver qué estampados se crean y en qué se convierten ;)

Amadea “The Third”

“My Praguers understand me.”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

This is a quote that has survived about the feelings of Mozart for Prague. And it has been the theme of the contest of III Doll Prague Exhibition. Now I can say that I am agree with him, I make his words mine…

AMADEA GOT THE THIRD PLACE!!!

I am super happy! We are super happy!
It has been a splash of hope, I was really needing it…
Lots of diferent lights appeared in the horizon of Praha.

At Doll Prague I found many diferent ways of understanding the art-doll concept. Very interesting points of view, lots of techniques and materials, sizes… I have the feeling that it is an “open minded” world, more than I thought. And I believe that there can be a place for The Ladies. And for me. Next year we will go as exhibitors, no doubt about it ;)

I saw many beautiful pieces there… all of them with loads of hours behind, loads of care, full of comitment and love. Here is a small sample of the exquisite creatures I met at the exhibition:

A sister of this violin player won the first place of the contest. Inga Ivashchenko mixes porcelain and fabric, very finely, I love her folds and the volume she gives to the fabric.

Olga Sukach was the guest artist and there was an exhibition of her work; art dolls & photography. I find the lady above with a very strong and defined character, I love her face, the more you stare at her, the more you get into her soul. It`s like she`s got a lot to say, silent keeping all the thoughts for her.

I have to apologise the following artists because I can`t credit them properly, I`m so sorry. I started the tour taking pictures of the names to remember, but it happens that I didn`t make it.
This said, let`s go to see the fair…
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