An idyllic photo isn´t it! Actually it´s part of our regular housekeeping at textilesnaturales to keep our stored yarns free from damage by clothes moths.
After every summer course or weave project we pop the wool which has been out in the course room into our big freezer for a few days and then air it (in the shade, if it´s dyed). The cold temperature kills moths, eggs or larvae.
Only then do we return the yarn to its storage boxes or bags which we try to keep as firmly sealed as possible. We keep a firm control of the stock, ensuring that moth balls are place in with the yarns and changed every 6 months.
Undyed wool yarns we take out into the bright summer sunlight – as larvae are killed by the light. We also put waste woolen yarn in tempting places so that they lay their eggs there instead of on our “real” yarns. Tempting places are low down, dark and out of drafts, preferably in a slightly damp position. Every few weeks, in summer, we put these decoy yarns in the freezer and then in brilliant sunshine to kill any moth presence on them.
One year we tried pheramone moth traps but there wasn´t much success there. Either they didn´t work or our other measures were successfully keeping our studio and stores relatively moth free.
So far so good!
Here you can see textiles woven by some of our pupils – both beginners and those of a more advanced level.
Some of the photos are of pieces made in the courses themselves, others made by students on their looms at home.
All woven textiles (except those from ESDEMGA students) were woven on Louet table looms. You can see the sheer versatility of these compact little manual cloth weaving machines – scarves, cushions, curtaining … even fabric for shoes!
If you are one of our pupils then don´t lose touch with us – we´d love to see your latest work and feature it on a future gallery. And if you´re not one of our pupils then !Animo! Go for it! Learn to weave your own beautiful and special fabrics on handlooms on one of our courses. We offer English language support if you´re not confident about your Spanish, and have limited availability every year for some one-to-one tuition which we can give in English.
Próximos cursos (Next courses)
Pupils: Thanks to Tracey, Kathleen, Gonzalo, Carmen, Itziar, Enriqueta, students of ESDEMGA fashion school, Gerda, Tracey, Adela, Myfanwy and Solé whose work is on display here.
Conceptual Art meets Galician folk craft in these images.
And you can see all these works on display at the moment in two adjacent museums in the city this summer.
Second left and right images are: Untitled 1966 works in oil and by the father of Argentinian conceptual art, Victor Grippo.
These are in visual “dialogue” with textile works, in wool and linen, by a female Galician folk artist, from the first half of the 20th century seen in the remaining photographs.
Grippo´s work is currently on display in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago de Compostela. To see the traditional work you need to go next door at Santiago´s folk museum – to the Museo do Pobo Galego – in the textile weaving display – to see if you can spot the traditional work. The Museo do Pobo Galego is currently showing another exhibition, “Dialogo Creador” featuring contemporary work by Spanish fashion designers, makers and artists which is inspired by traditional work, “Contemporary Dialogue” and there is a free plan of the show in English available from the reception.
Let´s have some more “dialogo creador” in the act of making the future!
If you´d like to have a go at weaving felpa gallega textiles as seen in this image then contact us – we´re just 2 hours away from Santiago by car and organise weave workshops from our studio.
Photos and comments: 18 July 2013 by Anna Champeney
P.S. Support the Museo do Pobo´s work if you can during your visit. It´s one of the best in Galicia, has dedicated staff working with budgets that have been slashed (as has culture everywhere) to the bone with the recession.