Organic Cotton & Recycled Polyester

Organic Cotton & Recycled Polyester

I am Olga Toral, designer at Olalla Gambín, and I would like to explain to all of you the fabrics we use to make T-shirts. It is becoming easier to recycle and use recycled fabrics, the price of the raw material is indeed higher, but I believe it is worth it; the last word, as in almost everything, is up to us as consumers.

A point of clarification; for our T-shirt collections,do not buy ready-made T-shirts. and then print them out; a tailor helps us with the pattern scaled to the different sizes; the sizes must have real proportions: we start from the illustration or painting, adapt it to the T-shirt pattern, cut each of the pieces and send it to the workshop for sewing. The sleeves and the back are in plain colours so that when it sent to the workshop, it is a small puzzle that takes shape when the tailor finishes it. We use organic cotton and recycled polyester to make our t-shirt collection.

Organic Cotton; the production is almost entirely in the hands of two countries, India and China. The concept of organic cotton refers to productions with an organic farming model, soil protection to prevent soil erosion, including fertilisation with animal waste manure and insect control with bio-pesticides. Nuestros proveedores de telas cuentan con la certificación Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Independent monitoring is needed to verify that we are indeed using organic and recycled fabrics.

Recycled polyester; is mainly produced from PET bottles (the most common type of plastic used for beverage packaging found in supermarkets). Wastes from polyester industries or even from discarded clothing. It does not need virgin oil to be manufactured, thus reducing the petroleum as raw material. Recycled polyester keeps the same characteristics as the original; it can be washed and ironed, its durability is the same.

While organic cotton is based on organically grown productions, here I show you how recycled polyester is evolving:

 

Sustainable fabrics have an added advantage; perfect finish offered after printing, bright colours, high-quality finishes, high durability to wear over time. The importance of making clothing that can be machine washed and ironed, especially for the spring-summer seasons when we like to dress in a more fun way and at the same time very practical for the kind of life we lead.

As we started this article, the last word is up to us as consumers. I encourage you to try it and judge for yourself.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

To Carlos J. Olivares for his illustrations for the Olalla Estelada collection.

To ARTISTIC TEXTIL’s workshop, the T-shirts are sewn in Mataró, Barcelona.

Collaboration with the Firm of Carlos J. Olivares

Collaboration with the Firm of Carlos J. Olivares

 

We will remember 2020 and 2021 as some of the saddest and most challenging years for the survival of small businesses; “survival” is perhaps one of the words we heard the most. In September 2020, we met Carlos J. Olivares; he had different projects and was looking for a designer to market his fictional characters. Meet Olalla Estelada, a friendly little witch who lives in her enchanted forest. All our work has always revolved around works of art, and since the museums were and are almost closed, it was a good time for new projects. A collaborative effort; designers and creatives from both companies. It has meant an additional effort for both working groups; scarcity of resources, financial and personnel. We have not been able to do as much as we would have liked, but we have done what we love to do. In the end, we have brought to life a stationery collection and a textile collection. In the design of the bags, the focus has been on functionality, fun and colourfulness. A collection of fun crossbody bags that you can wear all day long; can be combined with all kinds of clothes, from jeans to a flowing dress.

The Stationery collection has a mug that is one of our favourites, the enchanted forest of this little witch, with its coloured mushrooms, recalling the magic of our forests, especially after several days of rain, that green grass, the colours, everything that Carlos wanted to transmit to us in the meetings that turned into lively chats.

Now we are missing one of the most essentials parts, the approval of the public. Every sale has two meanings for companies, especially if we are talking about small artisan workshops like ours. On the one hand, it is the recognition from the clients of a job well done, especially when you receive messages about how much they liked it, a photo of how they are wearing it …….. On the other hand, “survival”, the power to reinvest and to continue creating.

Thank you all for your attention, Olalla Estelada awaits you on its website olallaestelada.com

Olalla Estelada & Olalla Gambín

Olalla Estelada & Olalla Gambín

Dates are sometimes relevant and this one is relevant for us; on 11 February 2021 we merge with the studio of Carlos J. Olivares, we join his project, Olalla Estelada; a little witch who lives in an enchanted forest, who together with her two friends will tell us about her adventures, loves, magic; taking us into a world of fantasy and illusion. They won’t let me reveal more at this moment!!!!!, a pity.

From Olalla Gambín, we design and manufacture their collections and try to accompany this little witch in a handmade way working in collaboration with the studio of Carlos J. Olivares; we want the design to be a reflection of the character that is coming to life.

We invite you all to follow their adventures at olallaestelada.com

Pencil versus Camara

Pencil versus Camara

In 1824, the French scientist Nicéphore Niepce captured the first graphic images; since then, many painters have taken their first steps into the world of photography and, others have even used photography to capture moments that they would later depict in their works.

The project “Toledo Balconies” by Carlos J. Olivares Studio starts with a photograph and superimposes a drawing. The illustration is made after the picture is taken. The amazing aspect of art is that it never stagnates as, long as there is a creative mind willing to explore new possibilities, we can enjoy works that make us dream. With this work, Carlos J. Olivares has achieved; a connection between drawing, photography, imagination and reality.

Balconies of Toledo Collection

 

 

Art is necessary in our lives

Art is necessary in our lives

Art’s benefits for our daily lives are undisputed. Some of us need art to experience a life full of content; for others, art is the meaning of their life.

It allows us to express ourselves, to connect with our sensibility; it communicates with other people, often using an unwritten language. Art is subjective; each one of us is motivated by a different fact; painting, drawing, writing, reading, music, watching a film; a single purpose, enjoy, each chosen event communicates with our sensibility. It transports us to other worlds, moments of happiness; it strengthens our spirituality, enables us to understand foreign cultures and people.

We are consumers of Art and, other times, we are creators; in both cases, it speaks of our essence as human beings. Our predecessors left us with handprints in different caves around the planet. They needed to communicate, and they used Art as a means of transmission.

What impact does Art have on our daily lives; what if there were no stories to tell our children every night; what if our imagination could not soar to the sound of a musical theme?

It is not about answering every question but about reflecting on the good times we have had together with an artistic expression.

EMOTION

Why do we watch TV series? Stories, beyond the medium in which they are told, open a door to other realities that we need to know, as so many writers express.

We feel identified with the characters, generating the empathy necessary to understand the other; it influences our thinking and ways of acting, more aware of another way of life. At other times it evades us from our realities, giving our minds and souls a respite, enriching us little by little, shaping our characters.

Science tells us that watching complex and emotionally intense stories increases levels of cortisol and oxytocin. These hormones are associated with stress and empathy. Besides, more dopamine is produced, a neurotransmitter released by the brain in pleasurable situations, stimulating us to seek out what gives us that feeling. What gives us pleasure, what makes us feel strong emotions, allows us to experience life with intensity. That intensity leads us to understand things faster and to enjoy them more. It is not for nothing that children should learn life itself from art because art is the appeal to the senses, to the exaltation of the spirit, the contemplation of things from another place, which enables them to endure the mundane and routine.

The German philosopher Georg Simmel gave it primary importance; “Art is the other of life, the liberation from it using its opposite in which the pure forms of things, indifferent to their being enjoyed or not being enjoyed subjectively, reject any contact through our reality but to the extent that the contents of being and fantasy enter into the distance, they come closer to us than they could in the form of reality” His book “The Individual and Freedom”.

It gives our firm the meaning of its existence; we do what we once dreamed of; LIVE FROM ART.

 

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