Georgia de Moraes
"I've created an entire collection with only surplus threads and scraps from other collections. This is when I feel proud of my creativity."
Georgia de Moraes is an artisan from Rio de Janeiro who loves her art. She specializes in creating women's handbags, especially crocheted, knitted and embroidered designs.
"I've been crocheting from childhood. I began to make bags for myself and other people became interested in my work. I'm fascinated by the infinite possibility of patterns that the threads offer me.
"I'm self-taught and have learned a lot by researching in books and magazines. Today, I also have the Internet to keep me current with trends and techniques.
"I use threads of different thicknesses, which I purchase as leftovers from textile factories. They give me an endless possibility for patterns, stitches and color combinations so that I'm able to create my own designs. The challenge is to adapt those knits precisely to fashion trends.
"My work is strongly influenced by the fashions of the '50s, '60s and '70s when craft work was more in vogue. But I also follow the trends of the moment. Any object or situation can inspire a new idea and new designs.
"I began working on my own by chance. People saw my designs and placed orders with me. Little by little, my handbags became know and I realized I needed to focus on them to meet the demand for my work.
"To increase sales and promote my handbags, I began participating in fairs and fashion events. Today, my work can be seen in the most notable decoration and design events in the city.
"My family supports my efforts and actively participates in the workshop. My mother gives me financial advice. I design, develop and craft each piece with the collaboration of local women, most of whom are retired. This lets them bring in a little extra money or, in some cases, is their sole source of income. Some have young children and they do the knitting and crocheting at home so they can spend more time with the family.
"I've created an entire collection with only surplus threads and scraps from other collections. This is when I feel proud of my creativity. My dream is to continue living from the work that I love and to continue to help other artisans. That is a luxury that few people achieve."
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