Monday, 21 June 2010
Lessons in Rococo.
I´ve just spent a week of afternoons with a Mayan lady called Erika from the highlands of Guatemala teaching me some traditional embroidery techniques.
This is Rococo and Tapita, it is a technique used on all traditional dress.
It´s really inspired me to experiment with this technique and try different materials, perhaps on a bigger scale.
It´s unbelievable the time it takes! A lot of textiles in Guatemala is now done by machine but you can really tell the difference, hand made is far more beautiful.
I also spent time this week visiting other traditional artists in the highlands- a toy maker, who works with white pine and a potter.