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5 September 2020, 3-5pm BST (British Summer Time, London, UK)Virtual Workshop, hosted on Zoom, by Gabriela Martínez OrtizGabriela Martínez Ortiz, designer and textile artist, is creator of Ofelia & Antelmo, a textile art project that studies hand embroidery. Ofelia represents community, the work of a cooperative of women to make handmade garments designed to be one-size-fits-all, reversible and timeless. Antelmo represents Gabriela’s personal creative journey as the clothes become canvases where she explores techniques, supports, fabrics, textures and colours. Together they form a family of textile pieces where each one is unique and informs the making of the next garment.A self-taught embroiderer since 2014, her work is governed by the philosophy of the Slow Movement, a cultural revolution that aims to calm human activities, a reaction against speed by valuing enjoyment and savouring life. Ofelia and Antelmo is more than a brand, a lifestyle that invites slower living.Outline of the workshopYou will learn to hand embroider the three stitches Gabriela uses in her work: rice stitch, the fan stitch and the reverse stitch; and how they can be used to create surface patterns and manipulate fabrics for garment construction.This workshop will begin with a short introduction of Gabriela and her work. She will show some of her images, garments and sketches which inspire her pieces as well as the Slow Movement philosophy that underpins her work.At the end of the course you will have learnt how to use these three stitches to embellish handmade clothes to start working on any garment you have in your closet.Materials list (not provided)Cotton embroidery threads (it is recommended to choose three different different colours). Recommended brands: DMC or Anchor.Embroidery needles (different DMC needles No. 1-5 is recommended).Fabric of approx 15 x 15 cm (rigid cotton fabric such as cotton blanket or denim are recommended. NOTE: avoid thin and elastic ones).Embroidery hoop from 6 "to 8" inches.Embroidery or fabric scissors.Workshop Cancellation PolicyAll places reserved on workshops are non-refundable, however, if you let us know you are not able to make a workshop you have booked at least two weeks prior to the event, we will re-advertise your place and refund your fee as long as we are able to sell your place and the workshop is fully booked.If you require additional information about this workshop please contact Catherine Harris, email@example.com.