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Camila Puya de Arcos

  • Margaret de Arcos
  • Silk painter
  • Seville, Spain
  • Master Artisan
Camila Puya de Arcos Silk painter
Contact
Spanish, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+34 954372820
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Colours in silk

  • • Camila learned the craft from her mother
  • • Silk painting is a tradition in her home region of Andalusia
  • • Colours are part of her daily life

After her mother's retirement, Camila Puya de Arcos has become the artisan of the next generation artisan who runs the workshop that continues to bear her mother's name "Margaret de Arcos". Her region, Andalusia, has a long tradition of silk production and marketing, dating from the Middle Ages to the present day. It was called alcaicería to the place in the cities of al-Andalus, where it was authorised to trade, wholesale, with raw silk. Later the activity was extended to the sale of processed silk objects. Camila assures that she is continuously researching, always trying other techniques such as Shibori.

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Works

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Set of fans

This set of fans, crafted from polished pear wood fitted with hand-painted natural silk, are part of Margaret de Arcos's Floral Collection. In the image, its packaging appears together with the fans, which also includes a Shantung Tussah silk cover. Each piece is painted with a brush starting from white silk with a 100 percent handmade process. The fan is one of Margaret de Arcos’s most characteristic pieces due to its design and colour.

Length 26.5 cm
Width 48.5 cm
Height 2.5 cm

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Hand-painted scarf

This hand-painted scarf, Paisaje abstracto, crafted from crêpe de chine, is finished with hand-sewn details. The design of this piece is inspired by Kandinsky's works. This scarf is part of a collection with the same theme, created from a variety of different colours.

Height 90 cm
Width 90 cm

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Hand-painted scarf

This hand-painted scarf, Pañuelo Azulejos, made from crêpe de chine, is finished with hand-sewn details. This piece is inspired by the tiles of El Real Alcázar de Sevilla, having been designed by Margaret de Arcos for sale in the souvenir store of the palace. It combines different shades of blues and greens that give balance and delicacy to the design.

Height 90 cm
Width 90 cm

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Tandem

This hand-painted scarf, made from crêpe de chine, is finished with hand-sewn details. This piece is inspired by Ramón Casas’s Tandem painting, a singular and emblematic painting of Catalan modernism, which represents Ramón Casas himself and Pere Romeu, bartender of the famous Els Quatre Gats brewery, who pedal in tandem with the Barcelona silhouette in the background. Margaret de Arcos created the scarf for an exhibition held at the National Art Museum of Catalonia.

Height 90 cm
Width 90 cm

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