Who is Olalla Gambin

Who is Olalla Gambin

I would like to share with you the manufacturing process of our handbags. Our workshop is in Ubrique, in the province of Cádiz, a small village with a long tradition of craftsmanship.

The preferred materials used are silk and leather.

Silk is a thin fabric, so before printing it, we have to give it body. To do this, we stick a twill consisting of cotton fabric to it, so that the handbag is soft, light but with enough texture to be able to work with it. We are concerned about the weight of the handbags, so we always look for light leathers, which provide quality but not weight.

Once the silk is ready, we move on to printing. We use the Transfer technique; it consists of screen-printed inks printed on siliconised paper support to be later transferred to textile support; in this case, heat is applied to the silk at a temperature of 200º with specialised printing machines.

The fabric prepared; with this process, we achieved that the silk becomes a resistant fabric; this is essential as the bags must be used on rainy days and be resistant to common stains.

The leather we use, as mentioned above, is light leather from our supplier in Alicante, which offers us a wide range of colours to work with.

The last step is to follow the pattern of the handbag; choosing the leather and its colour, zips, hardware, sewing, dyeing the edges of the leather, checking the details, and continue working on the preparation of the following collection.
The search for new masterpieces of art and collaborations with contemporary painters.

Choose your favourite painting, and we will make sure you can dress it up in a bag. At Customer Service, we provide you with all the information by e-mail: info@olallagambin.com or WhatsApp 610 29 19 67.

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.

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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