Do you remember when you first took up embroidery?
I have loved embroidery and crochet since I was a child, but it wasn't until seven years ago, while working as a photographer, that I got completely hooked and started making my first pieces in parallel to my photographic work.
Why did you choose this craft?
I started embroidery for fun because I wanted to disconnect from screens, as I was working a lot on the computer doing photography work. I did not plan to dedicate myself to embroidery full time, but when commissions, collaborations and different projects came up, I decided to take them on. Little by little, I built up Variopinto.
© Minia Banet Fraga
In what way is your work linked to the territory where you live?
In Galicia, as in many places, this profession has a long tradition. However, I think my work is unique. I rescue and preserve the old techniques, but I try to modernise them to give embroidery a more contemporary look. My embroidery is a perfect blend of tradition and innovation.
Could your craft be in danger of disappearing?
A few years ago, I could say yes. But, in recent times, craftsmanship is being increasingly valued. Most of the people who come to my workshops keep embroidering. Some have even created their own projects. So, I do not think it is in danger but on the rise.