Based on Eloïse’s latest series of narrative wearables and homeware, this masterclass will focus on having participants craft their own textile, soft “coat of arms”. This hand -appliquéd & hand-embroidered vest ties at the sides and can easily be layered in order to infuse a bit of colour and textile art into one’s day.
Using a combination of Eloïse’s signature hand-embroidery and hand-appliqué techniques inspired by Chilean Arpillera, each participant will explore and create their own representative symbols or story that will be stitched onto their coat of arms. Guided by the principles and tradition of arpillera, participants will be encouraged to make do with what they have at home and emotionally-recycle personal materials and textile remnants.
Basic embroidery and appliqué instructions will be provided, as well as a printable set of cut-out patterns of basic symbols students are free to use.
About Eloïse Ptito
Originally from Montréal, Eloïse Ptito-Echeverria is a textile designer and curator currently based in Amsterdam, NL. Driven by intelligent print and ethical design, she possesses a particular penchant for textiles, embroidery, and colour. After completing her Fine Arts degree in 2011, she lived in Santiago, Chile for a year where she trained in Rococo hand-embroidery and Shibori. She also studied Precolumbian-Andina textiles at l’Universidad Catolica de Diseño.
All of these experiences have collectively impacted her aesthetic vocabulary, resulting in a heavily art-based design ethos that insists upon embedding her work with the empowering qualities of colour, the textile practices of her mixed heritage, and the emotional recycling of personal materials. Paying very little attention to current fads, her ultimate goal is to create soulful heirloom pieces that will be passed down from generation to generation. She is a graduate of the Ryerson Fashion Design Program and was awarded Brettons’ Designer of the Year. Her work has been featured in Selvedge Magazine (UK), Textielplus, The Toronto Star, The Kit, Not Just a Label, Blanc Magazine, and more.