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Featured Artist - Paloma Alarcon

Paloma Alarcon is a Mixed Media Artist & Designer from London. Her vision is to build an organization that supports and modernizes craft communities globally. She aims to envision her birth country, Peru, its colors, art and community in her textile work. She is currently working on two projects with her business Paloma Textiles.
Project A is a range of handmade items made in collaboration with artisans from Ayacucho, South Peru. They are created using 100% natural materials such a sheep wool, hand weaving and embroidery techniques influenced by Peruvian textiles. The items consist of cushions and handbags.
Project P is a range of mixed media embroidery craft pieces for interiors and fashion such as pompoms, key-rings and earrings. Everything is handcrafted and designed by Paloma herself in London and influenced by her Peruvian roots.


(Image courtesy - Paloma Alarcon)

Dea: What do textiles mean to you?
Paloma: Many people question the concept of textiles and I believe it's because it's so broad with so many factors. For me textiles means expressing myself with craft; using different materials for any type of environment - interiors, fashion or art.
Dea: What's your background and what lead you to working with textiles?
Paloma: I was born in Peru, but for most of my life I have lived in London. I think having come from both worlds that showcase strong art and business backgrounds influenced me to have my own projects and business. I went to university to study Textiles at Arts University Bournemouth.
After a trip to visit my family in Peru, I decided to work with artisans that produced hand made textiles. Specialising in hand embroidery and craft myself, I focused on the idea that each piece and the process behind it is one of a kind. My current projects are all 100% handmade using craft techniques.


(Image courtesy - Paloma Alarcon)



Dea: Where do you find your inspiration?
Paloma: My inspiration and influences come from many factors, but especially Peru, my birthplace. Since I was young I was surrounded by so many colors and textures without even realizing it and I have always adored craft.
Dea: What's your creative process like?
Paloma: I normally make thousands of to-do lists to try and make a number of products. I use Pinterest to initially guide myself and make a lot of mood boards. Then I begin creating fun experiments.





(Image courtesy - Paloma Alarcon)



Dea: Do you have any tips for people currently working at home?
Paloma: Schedule, planning and positivity. Its okay to take time off and have different emotions to start with, but when you are ready, start by planning your day the same as a work day (I know it's not that easy, but try it). I also suggest when it's getting too much, try to have a little break by having a walk if it's safe or listen to some music. Surround yourself with positivity and remember it will be okay.




Yes, it will! We want to thank Paloma for sharing her insights and positive vibes with us! Her colorful textiles always bring smiles to our faces. What about you? Share your thoughts below and on our social media pages!

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