2013-09-24

Greta Serra - The handweaving experience



My own summer has been dedicated to handweaving in many diffrent shapes and forms, today I want to introduce you to a talented handweaver, fashion designer and textile lover who makes the most beautiful things using her own two hands.

She is working and developing her own slow-brand of assessories Gebrat and I got a chance to ask her a few questions!

Here is Greta Serra:


Tell us about yourself and your work!


I love to learn. I think almost all is interesting. And I love to try things. The hard part always is to decide what to improve.

So I studied philosophy in college for 5 years. Then I started to learn textile techniques in different schools and from different teachers; patternmaking, dressmaking, tailoring, also weaving, stamping,  dyeing, tapestry and I have "finished" my studies with a MA in fashion design last year. But even my background is about textile world, some days I dream with being a cook or a writer or a illustrator. So I use sundays for cooking, writing and drawing. :-)

I really wish to improve my textile skills to can develope an artistic work in the future. But without  rushes, I'm enjoying my way. I also dream in to cross different worlds like storytelling with tapestry or patternmaking with illustration. Who knows!



Why do you love it?


I love to learn, and I love to create. Actually I think that creating is a view of learning. So if I can draw my own pattern, weave my textile, and sew my ideas with it, is amazing. I just need to buy yarns to make lots of different things. I love that part; to have the skills to make stuff by myself. The other part that I love is the feedback I receive from other people that like my work. Is really magic: You make something from scratch, then a thing has born, then people enjoys that thing. And you feel so happy.




What are you working right now?


Right now I'm working in two craft fairs I'm going to take part this fall/winter. I'm developing some bags and textiles and wall hangers to show and sell. But it's not just to show and sell, it's also about to  see where am I right now, which kind of materials I'm more interested and with what shapes I feel comfortable now. I could say I'm working in to know who am I as artisan and designer.




What advice would you give to other artist/designers?


For me is very important to concentrate and to have a rutine of work. Is also very important for me don't let that long-term thoughts make wrong your daily work. When you work just for yourself, inside your mind there are a boss and an employed. So is very important to do meetings with the boss, every week, every day... but not to work together all the time. It's crazy.

And is so typical but it is a giant true: Is good to hear others but mostly trust in yourself.

And work with the computer off. :-)

Thank you so mutch for your time Greta! 
See more pictures from Greta here.
 


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