About us

desedamasDesedamas (or more than silk) is a tandem formed by Cecília and Mercè.

We are artisans since 1997 and master artisans since 2013. We ran into silk painting bay chance. After some years combining it with our work, we finally dedicated exclusively to painting silk and making handicrafts. In 2006, following a request from our mother, we started to paint silk for patchwork. Since then, we began to learn and develop self techniques to work with silk. That is what we teach in our courses and workshops.

We both work with the same material and either make every craft items. It is when we create textile art where each of us has developed its own style, but at the same time the styles are complementary as we share colors, techniques, experience, equipment, workshops … and many small things. We currently work in synergy between handicrafts and textile art. We define ourselves as creators, and it would be difficult to separate the artisan part from the most artistic part, as one feeds the other. In this creativity, diverse things have place as making a book of DIY projects for children, pieces of textile jewelry, textile mural, tenders, exhibitions … We consider ourselves privileged to work on what we like and enjoy both our work. And we hope that it permeates each and every one of our works, whether small or large. We like to think that every piece we do will find his person.

DESEDAMAS CAREER

Desedamas is formed by Cecília and Mercè. We work together in most of the actions we do, in these moments we use the name of Desedamas, that means ‘silk and more’.

COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS

2012
“En seda” Fiber art collective exhibition, Madrid, Spain.

2011
“La química de los materiales” San Fernando de Henares, Madrid, Spain.

2008
SARTC, Art Fair in Igualada, Barcelona, Spain.

2007
“Esséncies téxtils”, (Terrassa Textile Museum, Artesanía Catalunya in Barcelona), Spain.
“Mujeres del Mundo”, Collective exhibition to raise funds for the ONG, Soria, Spain.

2006
AFAD, Utretch, Holland.
Craftroom, Artesanía Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.

2002
SARTC, Art Fair in Igualada, Barcelona , Spain.

2001
SARTC, Art Fair in Igualada, Barcelona , Spain.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014
“Sinestesia” exhibition, 6 International Quiltfestival, Wilwerwiltz, Luxembourg.

2013
“Sinestèsia” exhibition, Quilt en Sud, Saint Jean de Luz, France.

2012
Interquilt, Girona, Spain.
Arts Textiles, Brioude, France.

2009
“Silk Quilts” Patchwork ‘s National Exhibition monographic (San Sebastián), Spain.

2005
“Transicions de llum”, colaborative exhibition with the photographer Pep Izquierdo, Ars Antiqua, Igualada, Barcelona, Spain.

2004
Exhibitions in different municipal places: Igualada, Sant Celoni, Santa Coloma de Queralt, Tarragona, Vilanova del Camí (Spain).

2003
Exhibitions in different municipal places: Igualada, Copons, Sitges (Spain).

2002
Exhibitions in different municipal places: Igualada, Santa Margarida de Montbui, Vilanova del Camí, Madrid, Barcelona (Spain).

PUBLICATIONS (articles, magazines, catalogs)

2014
Television interview in TV3 (Public Catalonian television) in the program “Ja t’ho farás”.

2012
Patchwork guilde, nº 106 (Germany).
France patchwork nº 112 (France).
Oficio y Arte, nº 122 (Spain).

2011
Arte patchwork nº 18 i 20 (Spain).
“mmmmmh… va de recetas” (Spain).

2010
Handycraft National Awards (Spain).
Calendar “Son aquellas pequeñas cosas” (Spain).
Arte Patchwork nº 17( Spain).

2009
Oficio y arte nº 104 (Spain).
Handycraft National Awards (Spain).
Calendar “Primavera, verano, otoño, invierno…” (Spain).
Manos Maravillosas nº 12 (Spain).

2008
“Inspirados en la música” (Spain).
Patchwork Secrets nº 17 i 18 (Spain).

2007
Patchwork Secrets nº 9 (Spain).

EXHIBITIONS ORGANIZED BY DESEDAMAS

2011
mmmh, va de recetas (Creativa Barcelona, Artesanía Catalunya)Barcelona, Spain.
Inspirados en la música (Artesanía Catalunya), Barcelona, Spain.

2010
Son aquellas pequeñas cosas… (Creativa Barcelona, Tendencias creativas Bilbao), Spain.

2009
Primavera, verano, otoño, invierno… (Creativa Barcelona, Tendencias creativas Bilbao), Spain.

2008
Inspirados en la música (Festival Internacional de Patchwork de Sitges) Barcelona, Spain.

AWARDS

2013
Master Artisan Award.

2009
Handicraft National Awards Finalist, Innova category.

2008
Handicraft National Awards Finalist, Product category.

DESEDAMAS PUBLICATIONS

2013
Monstruos, bichos y princesas, DIY children book.

2011
mmmmh, va de recetas, cooking book / catalog.

2010
Son aquellas pequeñas cosas…, calendar.

2009
Primavera, verano, otoño, invierno…, calendar.

2008
Inspirados en la música, catalog.

MEMBERSHIP

Gremi Artesà Téxtil de Catalunya

FAAOC, Federació d’Artesans d’ofici de Catalunya

AEP, Asociación Española de Patchwork

SAQA, Studio Art Quilt Associates

CTM, Creadores Textiles de Madrid

COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS

2014
VII European Art Quilt Foundation EAQF, travelling exhibition, The Netherlands.
Wide Horizons IV – SAQA Europa (Europe travelling exhibition).
The Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
« Radiation », International Radiation Association IRPA, Geneva, Swiss.
« Mediterráneo », Festival Internacional de Patchwork, Sitges.

2013
Color Wheel of Emotions, SAQA, United States (Travelling Exhibition, United States and Europe).
Tactile Arquitecture 2013, International Quilt Festival, Houston, United States (Travelling Exhibition).
XXII Premio Artesanía Unicaja, Jaen, Spain (Travelling Exhibition).
Artextures, France Patchwork, France (Travelling Exhibition).
“Los cuatro elementos”, Festival Internacional de Patchwork, Sitges, Barcelona, Spain.

2012
“All that jazz”, Road to California, Ontario, California, United States.
“Conectados” Festival Internacional de Patchwork de Sitges, Barcelona, Spain.
5 Europäische Quilt Triennale, Heildelberg, Germany (Travelling Exhibition, Europe).
Open European Quilt Championship, Veldhoven, Holland.
Premis Ramón Barbat i Miracle, Valls, Tarragona, Spain.
The Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, United Kingdom.

2011
Bienal Internacional Textil, “Aire”, Oxaca , Mexico.
Usupi Gallery, Girona , Spain.
“Chocolat” Saint Jean de Luz , France, Spain.
XXI Bienal de Artesanía Caja Jaén (Jaén, Málaga, Cádiz) Spain.

2010
“Quand les matières se rencontrent ” Sainte-Marie-Aux-Mines, France (Travelling Exhibition).
The Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, United Kingdom.

2009
Premis Ramón Barbat i Miracle, Valls, Tarragona, Spain.

AWARDS

2014
Festival Internacional de Patchwork, Artistic Category First award, Sitges, Barcelona.

2013
Accesit XXII Premio Artesanía Unicaja, Jaen, Spain.

2012
Interquilt, Girona, Best of Show, Girona, Spain.

2011
Quilt en Sud, Saint Jean de Luz, France, France Patchwork Award.
Fil d’Or, Barcelona, Special Mention, Spain.

2010
Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork, Sainte-Marie-Aux-Mines, France, 2nd award.
Fil d’Or, Barcelona, Special Mention, Spain.

BIBLIOGRAPHY (books and catalogs)

2014
VII EAQF European Art Quilt Foundation.
“Radiation”, International Radiation Protection Association.
“Mediterràneo” Festival Internacional de Patchwork de Sitges, Spain.

2013
“Los cuatro elementos” Festival Internacional de Patchwork de Sitges, Spain.
Artextures, France.
XXII Concurso Artesanía Caja Jaen, Spain.
Color Wheel of emotions, SAQA, United States.

2012
SAQA Journal, United States.
5 Europäische Quilt Triennale, Germany.
“Conectados” Festival internacional de Patchwork de Sitges, Spain.

2011
XXI Bienal de Artesanía Caja Jaén, Spain.
France Patchwork magazine , nº 109, Spain.
“mmmmh… va de recetas”, Spain.
Bienal Internacional Textil “Aire”, Oxaca (México).

2010
16ª edition Carrefour Europeen du patchwork, Sainte Marie Aux Mines, France.

COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS

2014
« Radiation », International Radiation Association IRPA, Geneva, Swiss.
« Mediterráneo », Festival Internacional de Patchwork, Sitges.

2012
Open European Quilt Championship, Holland.
Premios Ramón Barbat i Miracle, Valls, Tarragona, Spain.

2011
Festival Internacional de Patchwork de Sitges, Spain.
Usupi Gallery, Girona, Spain.
Unique Piece Exhibition, Burgos, Spain.
“Mi ciudad”, Madrid, Spain.

2010
European Art Quilts VI (Travelling Exhibition, Europe).
Premis Ramón Barbat i Miracle, Valls, Tarragona, Spain.

2009
XX Bienal de Artesanía Caja Jaén (Travelling Exhibition, Spain).

AWARDS

2014
1st Art Quilt Award, Festival of Quilts, Birmingham.

2013
Festival Internacional de Patchwork de Sitges, 2nd award original design, Sitges, Spain.

2012
Interquilt, Girona, Object 1rst award, Girona, Spain.

2010
Fil d’Or, Barcelona, Special Mention, Spain.

2009
Fil d’Or, Barcelona, Special Mention, Spain.

BIBLIOGRAPHY (books and catalogs)

2014
“Radiation”, International Radiation Protection Association.
“Mediterràneo” Festival Internacional de Patchwork de Sitges, Spain.

2013
“Los cuatro elementos” Festival Internacional de Patchwork de Sitges, Spain.

2011
“Dime lo que te gusta” Festival Internacional de Patchwork de Sitges, Spain.

2010
European Art Quilts VI, Holland.

2009
XX Bienal de Artesanía Caja Jaén, Spain.