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." Trend Tablet caught up with Christiane for an interview. While I was occupied in former occupations I discovered my talent in creating bags and at the same time I was exploring my style.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. choosing colors and qualities that lasts and which are not subjected by trends! There 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 2004.Porfirio was very proud to be chosen as a mentor this year, helping first time artisans to get around.Somporn Intaraprayong from Thailand, represented by Chinalai, has participated 8 times at the market.Just before I came to Greece, I created my first hand stitched leather bag.
“I have had the opportunity as a designer to present my work in many shows and fairs around the globe including fashion capitals like Paris, New York, Florence, Milan etc.Buying qualities from Spain, Italy and Portugal and Holland. Loving what I'm doing and being inspired by living in the Aegean sea, people and many more... 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.Advising the client by choosing the model and color living up to her needs... This year, 25,000 people from all over the world came, including 2,000 volunteers, thousands of travelers, shoppers, collectors and, most importantly, 160 folk artists from 53 countries.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.The market starts with a parade of the artists welcomed by the city of Santa Fe as they gather in the main plaza welcomed by a Cuban live band.Li Edelkoort, the honorary chair for 2017 and Keith Recker, the creative director, read the names of each country and cried when Syria was called.I am working and living between Amsterdam and the island of Paros. 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.As I need very much both, the energy of the city and culture and the nature inspiration of the island... I create customized bags that correspond to my standards for "Refined Simplicity" and high quality.but I have never encountered such a strong sense of community and an incredibly beautiful empathy within the artisans, the clients and the many staff and volunteers of the IFAA.The client response I have had even after coming back from the show has reinforced my belief that the customer is looking for authenticity and a direct dialogue with the craftsperson and this is one of the answers to the future of a true luxury shopping experience.