The key to achieving a non-traditional embroidery piece is the media you use. Being creative and imagining a canvas on almost any surface, like on a pair of sneakers, a gate or a piece of garment is the secret. The stitches and materials may be the same, but the object is transformed!
Jacquin: What inspires you creatively?
Lylo: Anything could inspire me, I’m very curious, and I’m walking in life with a lot of attention to anything that happens around me. A little detail of a scene could inspire an idea for a new project.
Jacquin: How are your introducing embroidery to the community in Barcelona?
Lylo: I also am part of the Barcelona based collective “La Guerilla DeGanxet”, where we knit and embroider wonderful creations out in the public by taking the yarn and thread bobbins out on the street of Barcelona. Through our creations/projects we expose and tell stories to protest or express messages that are important to the community. We usually knit or embroider on a large scale with an XXL cross stitch, using the urban outdoor furniture and fences or decorating an indoors staircase with geometric shapes made out of yarn for special community events or editorial commissions.
From great grandmother, to grandmother, to mother and to daughter…a generation of women laced together by passion to find a home and be happy in it. I really hope to someday exhibit this story in a gallery!