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What to wear IV (Wednesdays I’m blue)

Today is one of this days that everything I see is blue… I’m blue, is snowing… sun is something I haven’t see for let’s say more than three hours in total in the last week and it is hard to deal with… but I’m trying to transform this energy in something more productive and shine, I have looked for some goodies to show you and to match to my new creation ‘Mariona in blue’ the XL bag I have had yet in violet/prune and now in my new fetich color…

Hope you like all this stuff and enjoy your shopping on Etsy or wherever artisans are exposing their souls…

Which do you think is going to be the most wereable color next spring/summer? come and comment! thanks

1. Gray/Rose Beret Hat- hand felted wool Europe

2. Sterling Silver Drop Ring Buenos Aires, Argentina

3. Deep Sea Puzzle with bow- handmade ballet Buenos Aires, Argentina

4. Mariona in blue XL bag Paris, France


Interviewing Mariana Ciliberto aka Florcita


Do you remember I wanted to feature an artist per week? being realistic I realized it was impossible but I’m going to do it every single time I can. 

shiborired4Today we are going to know more about Mariana Ciliberto aka Florcita. I’m a fan of her and I discover her works in Dawanda, then I realized she is an argentinian as well, and we met again on Flickr, so I asked her for this interview and today we are going to learn her passions and works… Beautiful felted art!

Personal information:little forest2

My name is Mariana Ciliberto. I’m married to a Dutch man whom I met on
vacation in Firenze, Italy. A few years later, and after many a romantic
attempt to lure me to Europe, I left everything (including university,
job, apartment, family, friends…) back in Argentina and moved here to
The Netherlands. We have a 3 year old son, Sebastián, whom speaks
non-stop in 3 languages.
We live in a small town in southern NL, only a few meters from Germany
and a few km from Belgium. We consciously chose to live in a little town
because it fits with the way we want to live our life: surrounded by
nature, in an easy going environment enjoying the “good life”.

What kind of craft do you do?

Ever since I was a little girl I have been involved with artsy stuff.grey and red wrap1 My parent’s house’s walls were my first canvas but since then I’ve taken
workshops on ceramics, puppet making, drawing, photography, weaving,
etc. A few years ago I stumbled upon wet felting and I was immediately
hooked. I’ve always liked playing with wool and I even carried my own
loom all the way from Argentina. But this new technique – new for me but
with thousands of years of history- allows me to discover and
experiment the great versatility of such noble material such as wool.

When have you started and why?
A few years ago I received an invitation from our local Cultural
centre to a 3hours workshop on hand made felt. I didn’t know much about
it bit I went anyway. My theory has always been that if I wanted to
adapt to this country, I had to participate as much as I could fromOrange dalia2 things happening around me. So there I went, and I came out with a car
trunk full of wool and very anxious to learn more.
It did fulfil it’s purpose down the line because through wet felting I
have met lots of people and it has helped me made a niche for myself in
this society.

What are you inspired by?
I don’t think there is one thing that inspires me. I find that the more
I work, the more ideas I get. I suppose then that everything around me
inspires me… what I see, read, draw… life itself!

What do you enjoy the most with this activity?
What I like the most about wet felting is that, once you learnt and
understood the secrets of the technique, the versatility of the wool
allows you to produce a broad range of objects: from practical daily
life objects, clothing, shoes…to art installations.
Furthermore, I love experimenting with wool and other materials such asblack and white tulips handfelted scarf5 wood, metal, leather or glass. It enriches you as an artisan as you
learn the properties of different materials.

What are your future plans?

I hope to have the chance to keep learning from my work and from
others more experienced in the field. I hope I can develop my own unique
style with which I can feel comfortable and represented.
Finally, I hope to further cement the basis of my craftsmanship and from
there keep exploring the broad world of creativity. One nerver stops learning.
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Some sites that you cannot miss

Between yesterday and today I have discovered this sites I wanted to share with you… I bet if you are into fibers you are going to love them

It seems that 2009 is the year of natural fibers, which makes me very happy to work with this type of textile support in many aspects … First, sustainable development that gives work to many people in lots of developing countries. On the other hand it is also biodegradable and ecologic so we care for the environment and it is also important to use natural materials because  our skin does not suffer the degradation to which is exposed with polyester and acrylic ….

 This site shows each fiber, as explained, indicates from where they are and also the different uses that can be given to each …

This is another site that always makes me thrill with his notes and his movement. Craft Australia is the organization, which works much uniting people: artisans, artists, indigenous and crafters. They have made a meeting “Selling Yarns, innovation for sustainability” I recommend you to watch this video because it’s worth and full of hope for anyone.
And finally for those  who are fan of felt, this site is an unmissable…
Fashioning Felt has an impressive range of designs, so that we realize that reinventing our lives with natural materials is possible!



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