The technique of hand stitching she is using is borrowed from the shoe and saddle making trades. This is really at the core of what defines her craft. As Christiane explained: Each stitch is formed by hand with nothing more than an awl, one needle and a length of waxed linen. Very few companies can invest the time necessary to hand stitch their items, but the strength and resilience of hand stitching far exceeds the machine made equivalent. While I was occupied in former occupations I discovered my talent in creating bags and at the same time I was exploring my style. Just before I came to Greece, I created my first hand stitched leather bag. Since I moved to Paros, taking Art History classes, I developed through working with leather my technique in hand stitching.
I am working and living between Amsterdam and the island of Paros. As I need very much both, the energy of the city and culture and the nature inspiration of the island. Also my company is based in the Netherlands. It was my love for soft though strong colors, structures of fine textiles, simple shapes, quality and unique and rare pieces of art, clothes and objects of nature and my passion for creation that through my former experiences and education gave life to a dream. I create customized bags that correspond to my standards for Refined Simplicity and high quality.
That highlights femininity and serve the needs of contemporary women. The idea underlying is uniqueness through customizing, every woman is unique! I work by listening to my heart and selecting colors of leathers listening to my feelings. Creating my own trend but classic and durable. Choosing colors and qualities that lasts and which are not subjected by trends!
Buying qualities from Spain, Italy and Portugal and Holland. Advising the client by choosing the model and color living up to her needs. Sometimes corresponding up to 85 mails! Loving what I'm doing and being inspired by living in the Aegean sea, people and many more. Enjoying always my passion for hand stitching.
Jose Garcia Antonio, blind master potter from Mexico and one of his seductive clay mermaids, made onsite at the marketThere are incredible markets around the world and then there is the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico, an event that has been happening every July in Museum Hill since 7559. Named the face of peace and the number one arts festival in the US by USA Today, this is the biggest global gathering of its kind. This year, 75,555 people from all over the world came, including 7,555 volunteers, thousands of travelers, shoppers, collectors and, most importantly, 665 folk artists from 58 countries. Porfirio was very proud to be chosen as a mentor this year, helping first time artisans to get around. Her booth is the first stop of any serious textile collector and one of the first to sell out.
This year she was invited as a panelist where she spoke from the heart about her community of seamstresses and sewers who use stitches to tell stories of the rice fields and their daily lives. She includes everyone who needs and wants to work, they all have a chance and get the most important teaching of all: there is also beauty in imperfection, beauty in every process, beauty in every stitch. Artists go home with 95 per cent of the sales. This impact is especially great for disenfranchised women and artists from developing countries, where artisan work is second only to agriculture and daily income averages less than $8.
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