Desedamas

Many times they ask us how Desedamas was born and how we ended up working together.

I suppose that having a common childhood and parents who always encouraged our creativity helps a lot, but it was the circumstances that put us together in this adventure. We shared a lot during childhood, and then life temporarily separated us. When we met again, once adults, we began to paint silk, partly for hobby and partly for therapy … and we discovered that this was what we wanted to do and, furthermore, do it together.

We both came from very different areas. Cecília, formed as a Technical Draughtswoman, worked in a private company as Purchasing Manager. Mercè, Chemical Engineer, in the Department of the Environment at the Generalitat de Catalunya.

In 2000, we decided to turn our lives around and make a living from our passion. At first we made crafts with silk, always looking to give an added value to the pieces we were creating and not just painting. Every piece was unique, and we sold our work in craft fairs throughout Spain. In 2006 we began to paint silk for patchwork and, although we knew how to sew, we began to learn specific techniques. Silk had always been our “material” so, despite not being widely used in textile art, it was natural for us to go on working with it. Uniting these two skills, silk painting and textile art, opened to us an immense field in which to experiment. So much so that we have explored and developed our own techniques to work with this material, and we became also trainers.

“We currently work the synergy between crafts and textile art, as it’s difficult to mark the boundaries between both activities.”

Desedamas by Mireia Sala

If there’s anything better than growing up surrounded by paintings, I don’t know it.

Desedamas are Cecília and Mercè, women, sisters and respectively mother and aunt, about who’s writing these lines.

It’s hard to talk about them and the whole world that surrounds them without speaking of my own world, because I’m like a bad guest that never totally leaves.

I will go back, if I am allowed, to those flood-light days that remain immovable in my memory, where they both were painting on the porch of what had once been our house and now no longer is.

The music sounded quiet and a soft whisper of voices lowered to my room. As called by serenity, I climbed the spiral stairs that led to where they were both and I lay on the floor, just below the horizontal frame from which they tightened the silk. The smell of wood and dust was mixed with that of special silk paint, which smells sweet and fruity. They, on both sides of the frame, painted in total synchrony.

The paint went through the silk and expanded through the fabric, while the light penetrated the cloth and made the colors it captured vary their intensity. From time to time, some drop of paint that the silk didn’t manage to absorb fell down.

The wooden floor stained with thousand colors. This will be their mark for ever.

Maybe those were the moments that led me to be who I am. Added to all the trips throughout Spain, France, Portugal and Germany, where I was lucky to accompany them thanks to the fact they converted their passion into their profession.

They went everywhere, from fair to fair. There they understood the idiosyncrasy of the craftsmen, who spend so many hours in the workshop, in the solitude of those who work with their own hands, who then need to find themselves in community.

To me, beeing just fifteen, they opened my eyes to completely new worlds. And for them, they changed their lives. Forgive the indiscretion, but there they laughed, drank, possibly cried and surely, fell in love.

I keep with special remembrance those teenage summers that I spent at their side.

Now I have grown up, and I venture to say that them, as craftswomen, too. During those hot summers, even though I was the only teenager, somehow their experience as craftswomen was in full puberty too. And now that years have passed, their pieces are eventually adult, mature.

Thanks to the passion and the experience, they have reached an intimate, private, degree of knowledge of the silk. They have understood everything that surrounds the delicacy of the material and the learning has made them able to turn it into their means of expression.

With pride and admiration, I observe how they’re growing in the world of textile art, almost non-existent in our country.

And again, a change, the last one. They have turned their profession into an art.

Mireia Sala  (Igualada, 1989)
Graphic designer and illustrator.

BIOGRAPHY

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

Desedamas

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2018    “Tast Textil”, Quais des Arts, Cugnaux (Tolouse), France

“Tast Textil”, Prague Patchwork Meeting, Praga, Czech Republic

2017    “Tast Textil”, Aiguilles en Luberon, France

2016     “Sinestesia” exhibition, Les Escaldes- Engordany, Andorra.

2016    “Tast Textil” exhibition,  International Wine Tourism Conference, Barcelona.

2015 “Tast Textil” exhibition,  Carpa Restaurant Les Cols, Olot, Girona.

2015 “Tast Textil” exhibition, 26º Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork, Sainte-Marie-Aux-Mines, France.

2015    “Sinestesia” exhibition, Festival Internacional de Patchwork, Sitges, Barcelona.

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

2013    Exposición “Sinestèsia”, Quilt en Sud, San Jean de Luz, France.

2012   Interquilt, Girona,

Arts Textiles, Brioude, France

2009    “Quilts con seda” monographic in the National Exhibition of Patchwork (San Sebastian)

2005    “Transicions de llum”, colaboration with the photographer Pep Izquierdo, Ars Antiqua, Igualada, Barcelona

2004    Exposiciones en diferentes salas: Igualada, Sant Celoni, Santa Coloma de Queralt, Tarragona, Vilanova del Camí

2003     Exposiciones en diferentes salas: Igualada, Copons, Sitges

2002    Exposiciones en diferentes salas: Igualada, Santa Margarida de Montbui, Vilanova del Camí, Madrid, Barcelona

 

ORGANIZED EXHIBITIONS BY DESEDAMAS

 

2011    mmmh, va de recetas (Creativa Barcelona, Artesanía Catalunya)

Inspirados en la música (Artesanía Catalunya)

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

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

2008    Inspirados en la música (Festival Internacional de Patchwork de Sitges)

 

AWARDS

 

2009    Finalistas Premios Nacionales de Artesanía, innova category

2008    Finalistas Premios Nacionales de Artesanía, product category

 

DESEDAMAS PUBLICATIONS

 

2013     Monstruos, bichos y princesas, DIY children project book

2011    mmmmh, va de recetas, cooking book / catalog

2010     Son aquellas pequeñas cosas…, calendary

2009     Primavera, verano, otoño, invierno…, calendary

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

Cecília

COLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS

 

2017    De la Puresa al Desitg, Gremi Artesà Tèxtil de Catalunya,

Relarts, Federació d’associacions artesans d’ofici de Catalunya, Barcelona, itinerant exhibition, Spain.

Art Textures 9, France Patchwork, France (itinerant exhibition)

De la puresa al desitg. Gremi Artesà Tèxtil de Catalunya. Barcelona, itinerant exhibition, Spain.

Grande Finale European Art Quilts Fundation. Historich Museum Benelanden, Goes, Holland

2016    Wide Horizons VI – SAQA Europe (itinerant exhibition)

2014    VII European Art Quilt Foundation EAQF, travelling exhibition, Dutchland.

Wide Horizons  – SAQA Europe (itinerant exhibition of Europe)

Radiation, International Radiation Association IRPA, Geneva, Switzerland.

2013    Color Wheel of Emotions, SAQA, EEUU (itinerant exhibition on EEUU and Europe).

Tactile Arquitecture 2013, International Quilt Festival, Houston, EEUU (itinerant exhibition).

XXII Premio Artesanía Unicaja, Jaen.

Artextures, France Patchwork, France (itinerant exhibition)

“Los cuatro elementos”, Festival Internacional de Patchwork, Sitges

2012     “All that jazz”, Road to California, Ontario, California (EEUU)

“Conectados” Festival Internacional de Patchwork de Sitges, Barcelona

5 Europäische Quilt Triennale, Heildelberg, Germany (itinerant exhibition)

Open European Quilt Championship, Veldhoven, Ducthland

Premios Ramón Barbat i Miracle, Valls, Tarragona

2011    Bienal Internacional Textil, “Aire”, Oxaca (Mexico)

Galeria Usupi, Girona

“Chocolat” Saint Jean de Luz  (France)

XXI Bienal de Artesanía  Caja Jaén (Jaén, Málaga, Cádiz)

2010    “Quand les matières se rencontrent ” Sainte-Marie-Aux-Mines (France)

The Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, Great Britain

2009    Premios Ramón Barbat i Miracle, Valls, Tarragona

2007    “Eséncies téxtils”, (Terrassa Textile Museum, Artesanía Catalunya, Barcelona)

2006    AFAD, Utretch, Holland

 

 

AWARDS

 

2017    Artextures, Accésit, France

2015    Festival Internacional de Patchwork, Accésit, Sitges, Barcelona.

2014    Festival Internacional de Patchwork, Primer premio categoría artísitca, Sitges, Barcelona.

2013    Accésit XXII Premio Artesanía Unicaja, Jaen.

2012    Interquilt, Girona, Best artwork

2011    Quilt en Sud, Saint Jean de Luz, Francia, premio France Patchwork

Fil d’Or, Barcelona, Mención Especial

2010    Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork, Sainte-Marie-Aux-Mines, Francia, 2º premio

Fil d’Or, Barcelona, Special mention

 

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY (books and catalogues)

 

2018    De la Puresa al Desitg

2017    European Art Quilts Grand Finale

2016    “Abstract & geometry” by Martha Sielman

2015    “Sal y Pimienta” Festival Internacional de Patchwork de Sitges, España.

2014    VII EAQF European Art Quilt Foundation

“Radiation”, International Radiation Protection Association

“Mediterràneo” Festival Internacional de Patchwork de Sitges, España

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

    Artextures, France

    XXII Concurso Artesanía Caja Jaen

    Color Wheel of emotions, SAQA, EEUU

2012    SAQA Journal, EEUU

    5 Europäische Quilt Triennale, Germany

“Conectados” Festival internacional de Patchwork de Sitges

2011    XXI Bienal de Artesanía  Caja Jaén

Revista France Patchwork , nº 109

    “mmmmh… va de recetas”

    Bienal Internacional Textil “Aire”, Oxaca (Mexico)

2010    16ª edición Carrefour Europeen du patchwork

Mercè

COLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS

 

2018    Bojagi Korea Forum exhibition, Seoul, Korea

Festival Internacional de Patchwork de Sitges, Spain

2017    De la puresa al desitg. Gremi Artesà Tèxtil de Catalunya. Barcelona, exposición itinerante, Spain

Grande Finale European Art Quilts Fundation, Historich Museum Benelanden, Goes, Dutchland

2016    Bojagi Korea Forum exhibition, Suwon/Hwuasung, Korea

2014    Radiation, International Radiation Association IRPA, Geneva, Switzerland.

2012    Open European Quilt Championship

Premios Ramón Barbat i Miracle, Valls, Tarragona

2011    Festival Internacional de Patchwork de Sitges

Galería Usupi, Girona

Exposición pieza única, Burgos

“Mi ciudad”, Madrid

2010    European Art Quilts VI (exposición itinerante))

Premis Ramón Barbat i Miracle, Valls, Tarragona

2009     XX Bienal de Artesanía Caja Jaén

2007    “Mujeres del Mundo”, Colective exposición para recaudar fondos para la ONG, Soria, Spain

“Eséncies téxtils”, (Terrassa Textile Museum, Artesanía Catalunya Barcelona), Spain

 

AWARDS

 

2017    1er Premio Pieza única, Concurso Artesanía Burgos

2014    1er premio Quilt artísitico, Festival of Quilts, Birmingham.

2013    Festival Internacional de Patchwork de Sitges, 2º premio diseño original, Sitges, Barcelona

2012    Interquilt, 1er premio objeto, Girona

2010    Fil d’Or, Barcelona, Special Mention

2009    Fil d’Or, Barcelona, Special Mention

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY (books and catalogues)

 

2018    De la Puresa al Desitg

2017    European Art Quilts Grand Finale

2014    “Radiation”, International Radiation Protection Association

“Mediterràneo” Festival Internacional de Patchwork de Sitges

2013    “Los cuatro Elementos” Festival Internacional de Patchwork de Sitges

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

2010    European Art Quilts VI

2009     XX Bienal de Artesanía Caja Jaén

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