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Articles about anything I find interesting and exciting in the textile world, and about my projects and events, as well as textile art advice and techniques.
Susana Arce Dubois, A Whole Life of Textile Art
Advice to other artists who are starting, silk painting and nuno felting techniques, place of work and selling textile art.
Are you passionate about Textile Art?
Here is the video from my interview by Berit Hals, President of the Association of Textile Creators of Madrid at the Costume Museum, during the 'Days of Dialogue with the Textile’. Thanks to the Museo del Traje (Costume Museum) for organising these events and thank you, Berit for a great interview.
'Wool and Silk, Infinite Fusion'
Differences between nuno felt hats and industrial felt ones. History and properties of silk, wool and felt. Creation process of a cloche style nuno felt hat in a very special fabric, soft to the touch, with raw silk fabrics incorporated. (more…)
"Fairy Tale" in the 'Museo a Mano' Exhibition
'Fairy Tale' is the name of the nuno felt piece that I showed in the Museo del Traje de Madrid (Costume Museum of Madrid), in the temporary exhibition 'Museo a Mano'.
A nuno felt top on silk gauze with merino wool, a technique that fascinates me more and more each day. It is so inspired in a fantasy fairy-tale world, that it could even be part of the attire of a fairy or an elf. (more…)
A Unique Nuno Felt Fabric for a Dreamy Wedding Dress
During the past few months I have been collaborating with Sole Alonso, a brand that designs and creates made-to-measure wedding dresses, bridesmaid’s dresses and party dresses. I think Sole Alonso is a wonderful designer. When I see one of her wedding dresses I feel that it has something very special, that it is unique, perfect for the bride she has designed it for. (more…)
"In the Garden", TextilMad: Textile Festival of Madrid
My piece 'In the Garden' (textile art, wet felt) was shown in TEXTILMAD, Textile Festival of Madrid, celebrated in la Quinta del Sordo, in the historic city centre. This textile art sculpture consists on a series of wet felt 'flowers' in an imaginary garden. I created it during an 'artistic communion' experience I participated in in Toledo, together with twenty other artists of different nationalities (more…)
Caring for Hand-Painted Silk Garments
Silk is a very long-lasting natural fabric, so long as it is cared for in the right way.
Hand-painted silks can be hand-washed, in cold or lukewarm water, without rubbing. Use a neutral soap (or shower gel) previously dissolved in water so that it does not leave stains on the silk. Do not use a soap for wool or delicate fabrics as those types of soaps make the colours run.
Paint a Silk Scarf with the Batik Technique
Today, we are going to talk about how to paint a silk scarf with batik. This is one of my favourite techniques to paint on silk. This may be because when I started to paint on fabric I first learnt to do batik, or because it allows me to create transparencies and effects such as ‘crackelure’ that I would not be able to achieve with other techniques. (more…)
Characteristics of Natural Silk
When Mother's Day, a birthday, Christmas or any other special occasion is approaching, we all start thinking about the presents. It is a great idea to gift a silk scarf or garment. But, how do we tell a high quality natural silk from one that is not? There is a radical test to check whether silk is 100% natural and of a high quality: