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Minia Banet Fraga

  • Variopinto
  • Embroiderer
  • Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Rising Star
Minia Banet Fraga Embroiderer
© Minia Banet Fraga

Photo embroidery

  • • Minia transfers images to textiles
  • • Cinema, photography and botany inspire her
  • • She hosts workshops in different towns and cities of Galicia

Trained as a technician in artistic photography, Minia Banet Fraga has devoted herself to embroidery using her photographs since 2015. With needles, cotton fabrics, threads, felted wool and wooden hoops, she creates pieces and accessories with a keen sense of visual aesthetics and design. Although she is self taught, she has taken courses in embroidery, punch needle and needle felting with Gimena Romero and Loly Girardi. She started making crochet patterns and taking commissions in parallel to her work as a photographer until 2017, when she became self-employed and launched her online shop, Variopinto. At first, she worked in any corner of her flat, but in 2018 she renovated it and now has a workshop at home. “It's very satisfying to work for yourself and enjoy the process” Minia says.

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Works

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Photo: © Minia Banet Fraga
Marilyn in the Moss

This hand-embroidered hoop is on a photograph of Marilyn Monroe, which is made with 100 percent DMC Mouliné and Perlé cotton threads. It is delicately created with a mixture of techniques such as the backstitch technique, the loom point and the magic needle.

Height 1 cm
Diameter 25 cm

Photo: © Minia Banet Fraga
Marlene's Stroll

This hand-embroidered hoop has been placed on a photograph of Marlene Dietrich with 100 percent DMC Mouliné and Perlé cotton threads. The backstitch and magic needle techniques are the main embroidery methods used by the Spanish craftswoman on this piece.

Height 1 cm
Diameter 25 cm

Photo: © Minia Banet Fraga
Atticus and Scout

The photography use in this hand-embroidered hoop is taken from the film "To Kill a Mockingbird" with 100 percent DMC Mouliné and Perlé cotton threads. It is delicately made with a mixture of techniques such as backstitch, loom point and magic needle.

Height 1 cm
Diameter 20 cm

Photo: © Minia Banet Fraga
State-of-the-Art Farmer

This delicate embroidery is a version of the painting Portrait of a Lady by Hans Baldung Grien, for which the embroiderer won second prize in the "Versiona Thyssen VIII" competition organised by the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid. Minia embroidered it by hand on a photograph of the painting with 100 percent DMC Mouliné and Retors cotton threads. She used the fern stitch, the loom point, the french knot and the backstitch, among other embroidery and weaving techniques.

Height 1 cm
Diameter 20 cm

Photo: © Minia Banet Fraga
Hushpuppy for President

This is a "Versiona Thyssen XII" competition organised by the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. It is a hand-embroidered hoop on a photograph, made with 100 percent cotton DMC Mouliné threads. It was made with the magic needle of variable length.

Height 1 cm
Diameter 25 cm

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