Learn how to design, embroider and join textile pieces with your hands
If you want a new tool to stimulate and express your creativity, embroidery may be what you are looking for. Gabriela Martínez is an enthusiastic textile artist of the handmade that found a lifestyle in embroidery. Creator of the Ofelia & Antelmo brand - a textile art project focused on hand embroidery that seeks to generate unique pieces full of textures and colors - puts into practice artisanal processes and meticulous techniques that have led her work to be exhibited in Mexico, Brazil, Hong Kong, France and Chile.
In this course you will learn the creative process of Gabriela Martínez from beginning to end, to embroider a garment with your personality. You will discover all its secrets to choose the color, design the compositions, achieve the desired visual effects and explore the stitches that you use most in your work.
About this course
You will begin the course knowing the professional career between stitches of Gabriela Martínez, who will tell you how she decided to dedicate herself to textile and wearable art through her Ophelia & Antelmo project. He will share his philosophy towards embroidery and the different ways in which he applies it. He will also explain his main influences and visual sources of inspiration, which can vary from artists to compositions and colors that he finds in his day to day.
You will learn to choose a color palette with Gabriela's method, with which you will start from a base that you will gradually modify until you find the final color. Through the technique of collage make different sketches combining colors and seeing all the possibilities you have to choose one, which will be the piece you will work for your final project. Then you will see how to create organized textures with movement to plan the distribution of your embroidery.
Once you have defined the final design of your piece, you will know the essential materials and tools to make it a reality. You will know all about resistant fabrics for embroidery, the two types of scissors that you will use, the thread and the needles with which they always work in Ophelia & Antelmo. In addition, you will have tips for when you go shopping, to translate your design into fabric and thread and know how much material you really need.
Gabriela will give you a brief introduction to embroidery. It will explain to you why its textures and type of embroidery invite meditation and will show you the different types of assemblies that you can do with your pieces. Then you will begin to release your hand and practice the stitches of rice, continuous and fan line, embroidering three 10x10 cm samples.
You will discover the basic principles of cutting to cut the pattern correctly. You will learn to mark the guides on the fabric to carefully follow your design and leave the seam allowances free of embroidery. Then you will start embroidering the garment following Gabriela's advice carefully, you will see how to make the hems and embroidery stitch to join all the pieces and, finally, form your garment.
At the end of this course you will know how to design and embroider a garment or piece of textile art with unique finishes, textures and colors.
What is this course's project?
Create a garment from scratch in an artisanal way, incorporating the stitch that you liked most from those learned in the course, and you will leave it ready to frame and hang in the space you want.
Who is it for?
To anyone who is curious about hand embroidery and wants to explore their creativity. Also for designers looking to give handmade details to their creations.
What you need
No previous knowledge is needed since you will learn everything from scratch.
On the materials you will need trench coat or cotton canvas, small wooden hoops, threads, embroidery needles, cloth scissors, cutting ruler, pins and other elements that you have on hand such as scissors, adhesive glue and black and white pencils .
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Ofelia y Antelmo is a project created by Gabriela Martínez - designer and textile artist - in 2017 that was born as a proposal for contemporary textile art presented in two formats that go hand in hand: textile art and wearable art.
Textile art is the starting point of Gabriela's process, in which she explores all her ideas of colors, textures, stitches and effects and then seeks to land them in handmade garments with resistant finishes and stitches. The main motivation is that quality prevails over quantity, thus creating pieces that can be inherited, as a form of protest at the speed at which the world moves today.