Sewing Chanel-Style hasn’t been immune for creative vibes, especially not for those of female entrepreneurs owing small, artisan businesses. The idea to promote these businesses was always there but we are taking it to the next level. We can all do with some extra promotion, can’t we?
This week: The crafts of Sybille Kramer
My name is Sybille Kramer and I live in the beautiful mountains of South Tyrol in Italy. My daily walks through mountains, woodlands and valleys, inspire me to draw my local natural environment. I am a colour pencil artist and learning coach. In both of my jobs colours and illustrations play a vital role. I have illustrated educational books, products, and recently I have moved into designing fabric prints. At Spoonflower (Berlin) my drawings and designs are printed on many types of fabric. With the help of an online fabric design studio, my drawings have transformed into dresses, tablecloths, face masks, skirts, and pillows.
I am also attracted to artistically exploring fabric design by using fortifying stitches, such as the running stitch, and using coloured, cotton yarn. Using embroidery on printed fabric creates interesting haptic effects (the feeling of a fabric caused by touch). My fabric designs are mainly used as wall hangings and table covers. Hopefully this short insight into my work interests you and will encourage readers to embark on similar needle craft adventures.
Working with thread is similar to drawing with coloured pencils. Line by line you add an idea, by creating shapes, highlighting colours, and emphasizing certain areas. Embroidering on printed fabric gives me the opportunity to add more details and texture to my drawings. When I work on several copies of the same fabric, each time a unique piece is created.
This photo shows one of my projects. I drew Black Fairy as a collage. Its small parts were drawn, cut out, and added together. I had Black Fairy printed on fabric, after which I set out to add stitches. I scanned this piece of fabric again and used its design as a postcard. This is how I worked my way from paper to fabric and back to paper again enriching it with embroidered embellishments.
Printing one image on fabric or designing a repetitive pattern demands a different approach. I prefer to work with individual images, which each tell a story, express a mood, or carry a message. For about two years I have been working on a series of embroidered pictures that I would like to present at an art exhibition.
I might have to wait a long while due to Italian Covid restrictions. As an artist, I focus on better times by staying creative!