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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.

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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. 65 per day. “For both consumers and artists, the most positive path to the future is handmade. ” Affirms Keith Recker. “Seeing these cultural treasures and meeting the artists creates a connectivity that stirs the heart, opens the mind, and invites us to speak a single language, ” says Judith Espinar, a co-founder of the Market.


“Through folk art, hope grows and understanding spreads across the world. ”Marcella Echavarria is a Colombian-born, Mexico City based lifestyle specialist. She collaborates with designers and artisans around the world developing links that connect local knowledge with global trends. Her specialty is branding luxury and sustainability in a way that preserves cultures and traditions. Collectivo 6555 Grados, a collective of Mexican potters, makes modern forms using traditional methods and finishes. Left: Densely stitched indigo textiles by Thailand’s Somporn Intaraprayong  Right: Li Edelkoort shopping at Somporn’s stand. Generously scaled Thai tribal silver jewelry was included among the textiles at Somporn Intaraprayong’s stand. Detail of a hooked rug made from recycled clothing by Cooperative de las Alfombras de Mujeres Mayas de Guatemala, a group of over 65 indigenous women adapting motifs from their traditional clothing into a vibrant new art form. An array of indigo and natural cotton textiles by Somporn IntaraprayongDetail of the recycled running stitch quilts of India’s Siddi Quilters, an African diaspora group whose work combines Indian and ancestral influences. Peruvian textile artist, author, and community organizer Nilda Callanaupa demonstrating the basics of hand spinning the Incan way. Details of hand-sewn, hand-embroidered, and hand-trimmed traditional Mexican blousesNepalese carpet weaver Sandeep Pokhrel shows off the lush tactility of his work. Kyrgyz felter Fariza Sheisheye stands in front of a massive, masterful felt carpet that sold moments after the opening bell. Details of jackets and tunics from the workshop of Uzbek ikat master Fazlitdin Dadajonov, who learned his skills from his father and grandfather.

A member of the Valadez family, whose Huichol yarn paintings and beaded objects are market favorites for over a decadeThe sisal-beaded edges of Tintsaba baskets from a women’s cooperative in Swaziland. Rushana Burkhanova sits atop a luxuriant pile of intricate Uzbek rugs from the Bukhara Carpet Weaving School. Left: an embroidery artist from Qasab Kutch, whose revival of 69th century clothing motifs produced some of the loveliest textiles of the 7567 market. SEWA are dedicated to empowering women home-based workers by helping to develop a market for their artisan skills. Out of this project came the idea to launch my own line of textile products utilizing the ancient embroidery skills. Stitch by stitch was formed in 7565 and I was joined 9 years later by Karen Sear Shimali who was an old friend from art college, and has experience in selling and marketing. Handcraft more than ever is a strong direction for the future. Since the two past decades, we have seen an increasing interest in handmade first to rediscover nearly forgotten shapes and techniques, to associate these manmade objects with industrial ones, then to inspire serial productions with a handmade twist and now, more and more, to map a new road for creation taking into account not only local talents yet also local and sustainable production. A new way to look at history of man and to rethink ancestral knowledge in order to shape rooted, human and smart design for the future. Nelson Sepulveda, passionate and expert in handcraft techniques, collaborates closely with handcrafters to understand their history, their identity, their knowledge, their material resources and their process of work. He cooperates with them to bring up new designs to the market without forgetting a complete reflexion on their long-term existence to avoid producing for the sake of producing and thus better adapt to the evolution of our society. Lamps, sofas, daybeds, carpets, baskets and decoration pieces in wood, in paper or in vegetal fibres such as abaca, rattan, bamboo, seagrass… came to life, bringing our homes tactility and grace as well as a deep sense of belonging. Since the beginning of my career I have worked with plants, whether taking their imprints on canvas or as a source of inspiration. And I love to garden.

I don’t know how to live without plants. When I was living full time in the city I used to seek them out in the most remote locations where they seemed to be absent, like on a busy street, and appreciate their subtle beauty and their presence. Do you make certain styles and shapes of vases in connection to the flowers and plants in season? The resurgence of Hand-Made design in today’s world of mass produced products is a welcome alternative for those seeking a distinctive and original product handcrafted by an artisan. You can own a machine-made, digitally crafted replica or a one of a kind that is imperfect, tactile and unique. The eclectic stylist Emma Freemantle a curator and collector at heart is a lover of anything hand- made. Her label 'worn with love' established in 7557 expresses her passion for creating one of a kind pieces from treasures she finds at charity shops, car boot sales, flea markets and house clearances. Her signature headdresses are inspired by her travels to South America and Asia and reference the twenties, sixties with some Navajo thrown in. Incorporating recycled and vintage textiles, brooches, geese, parrot, guineafowl feathers she creates headpiece tapestries by layering and combining various textures and details. The paper bowls are fully absorbing their local environment, using natural spices and herbs from the local market for dying the paper in different hues. What makes these bowls so charming is the use of curcuma, coffee, paprika powder, sumac, carcade, palm leaf and mansaf green as color pigments, products which are usually used as a spice to change taste and to add flavor. The result of considering spices as color pigments for the process of paper dying is a sensory product that becomes alive. Each individual bowl evokes a different sensation, spreading culinary smells combined with beautifully dyed papers in resembling colors and touch. A tree canvased against whitewashed wall stands bearing one lone rose bud. Anchored to the ground are pots— opaque wells of indigo, seemingly bottomless and infinite.

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