A Chat with Designer Collection Contributer: Señorita Lylo
Le 31 January 2017
Meet the Maker
A Chat with Designer Collection Contributer: Señorita LyloWe are lucky to have patterns from Spanish designer Loly Ghirardi, (better known as Señorita Lylo) in our Designer Collection. We love the sense of play and the use of color in her work. Her designs have a youthfulness that any embroiderer can appreciate. Below is our translated interview with Loly. The passion she has for her work comes through loud and clear and can serve as an inspiration to all budding embroiderers.
DMC: Who taught you how to embroider/cross stitch/knit/crochet?
Loly Ghirardi: Embroidery has been an art I have discovered by myself. It hasn’t been a tradition in my family and has not been transmitted from one generation to another. I got interested in it—I attended courses, I tasted, I mixed techniques I learned, until I found my own style and started doing things I felt happy with. I started embroidery around 8 years ago. I really needed to distract my attention from my computer screen and get closer to craft materials and create things with my hands. I’ve always had curiosity about the crafts, as a child I was an advanced crafter! I loved creating things with my hands. I used to play with clay and used plants/flowers as condiments in fictitious salads. I started to learn crochet, then embroidery… and that opened the door to a whole new world of learning step by step. I studied with different teachers, some of them had a more technical profile, others were more playful. First I used the techniques, the tricks, visions, and clues each of my teachers taught me. Later on they gave me the courage to create my own style. Every experience and style left its mark—alongside the cocktail of stitches, textures, and secrets. The fundamental key to achieve a non-traditional embroidery piece is the media you use. Being creative and imagining a canvas on almost any surface, like on a pair of sneakers, a gate, or a garment. The stitches and materials are the same but changing the surface takes your work to a different level and makes it more interesting and more challenging! As a graphic designer, I wanted to introduce handcrafted notions or designs to our projects. I felt it would bring a more ‘human’ touch when dealing with the computer screen. Embroidery can be so diverse that I found my niche and decided to include embroidery in projects that felt suitable or would be a great match.
DMC: What do you love about embroidery?
LG: First of all I think it has been a gift for me to start embroidering. It came in a moment of my life where I was looking for new forms of manual expression and connection with myself. What I like is that it helps me to be more patient. It disconnects me from daily life. And I also love creating something with my own hands that requires time and a lot of hours of work. I am fascinated with the idea that it is a little piece of art that will last for many years!
DMC: Have you passed your talents down? To who? If not, do you hope to pass your talents down?
LG: One of the most beautiful things is to share this knowledge or wisdom with others. Every time I give a class, I fully enjoy my time with the students, whether in face-to-face courses that I occasionally give in Spain or in my online course that I have on the Domestika platform. There is a forum of more than 900 people from all over the world where we share secrets, tricks, and projects. And personally, I have nieces to whom I really want to teach to embroider, to transmit this love for threads and needles. I look forward to visiting them soon—as we live quite far—to show them in person the secrets of the art of embroidery. I am extremely pleased to have been offered to teach embroidery on the online platform Domestika, which allows access to a wider audience who want to learn this art. I’m invited to their houses or studios through the computer screen, teaching them how to embroider with their own rhythm. The community of female and male embroiderers that this course generates fills me with excitement. (At the moment, this course is only available in Spanish, however it’s possible that very soon it’ll be available with English subtitles). The course doesn’t expire so you could watch it again and again. I invite you to check it out!
DMC: Why do you think passing this down is so important?
LG: Embroidery is an ancient technique and it belongs to EVERYONE, which is why sharing small tricks or new discoveries is enriching.
DMC: What’s your fave stitch and DMC colour?
LG: My favorite stitch is the “pistil stitch." It magically gives volume to embroidery. I love it for creating leaves, curls, seaweed, or feathers. And the DMC color that I like most is in the range of pastel green, for example MOULINE 3851.
DMC: Where do you find inspiration?
LG: Anything could inspire me. I’m very curious, and I pay a lot of attention to the things happening around me. A little detail or scene could give me an idea for a new project. I’m very passionate about interpreting reality through different types of stitches—imagining with what type of thread I can stitch a hairstyle, mimic the texture of a certain fabric or a flower. The composition is important, as well as what media I use as my working surface.
DMC: Anything else you’d like our readers to know?
LG: The Señorita Lylo collection for DMC is inspired by an imagery of games—hobbies for children and adults. It has been a fun and nostalgic trip too, diving through childhood memories, reminiscing about colors, flavors, and scenes—all of which inspired me to design the 10 embroidery patterns. The interesting thing is that there are different levels of difficulty. You can start with the simplest and then go learn more stitches, and take that confidence and jump to another more complex design. You can apply them on any surface. The possibilities are endless and the range of colors is very cool and fun to combine with many clothes or objects. For example, you can put fireworks on the shoulders of your sweatshirt, you can make a beach bag ice cream, or a hummingbird that flies in a hat.
If you want to follow my work or more ideas to apply these designs, you can find me here: www.srtalylo.com facebook: SrtaLylo instagram: @srtalylo twitter: @srtalylo Check out all of Señorita Lylo’s patterns in the DMC Designer Collection.
Love & Threads, The DMC Team