Friday, August 6, 2010

A Concha Artist

Julia Gomez' work definitely is prizeworthy. With infinite patience, she is an accomplished concha artist.  This is more than just ordinary embroidery.  Her designs are intricate and lovely.  Too labor intensive for me, but what an artist!

The colcha technique is believed to have been brought to what is now New Mexico by Spanish settlers. Colcha embroidery, which is defined by a specific type of stitching, was used early on mostly for bed coverings, altar cloths and later, clothing. But now the technique also is used to create decorative arts for the home.

11 comments:

  1. With a large area to work I wonder if she stands to stitch or has a special frame and a seat on castors to move from one part to the next. However she does it, her work is beautiful and her back and neck must be strong.

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  2. I wish I might stroll through your Spanish Market. A living history lesson among the booths, I bet.

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  3. I didn't know much about concha, my compliments to this accomplished artist.

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  4. A wonderful talent to possess.

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  5. A beautiful portrait, Kate! I'm assuming that's her work behind her...can't imagine all that involves!

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  6. A beautiful lady who does beautiful work.

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  7. I can only imagine the hours of work that went into it. Simply gorgeous.

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  8. This lady is just as beautiful as her work is.

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  9. I did not know about this type of art. Nice portrait of Julia.

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  10. At first I thought she was Isabel Allende! :-) Great portrait with a wonderful background.

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  11. You mean Colcha embroidery and NOT concha.

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