Miriam Ponsa

Miriam Ponsa
Day
Wednesday, 2 July, 2014 - 19:00
Hour
19:00
Place

Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau
C. Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167
08025 Barcelona

BIOGRAFÍA

Miriam Ponsa graduated with an associate’s degree in fashion design from the University of Southampton (UK) and specialized in Knitwear Techniques and Design in Igualada. Her workshop is in Manresa, on the same premises in which, her great-great-grandmother, founded a textile factory specializing in webbing for espadrilles in 1886.

 

The hand-crafting process defines her work, with techniques such as upholstery, basket weaving, and macramé which are seldom used nowadays. As for her trajectory it has been dynamic and passionate. Not following the trends, she creates independent collections which she defines as authored clothing.

 

Miriam Ponsa designs all the collections in her workshop in Manresa and the garments are produced in workshops in Catalonia. Values like endeavor, team work and authenticity are important to her as well as the recuperation of handicraft techniques and they all form part of her manifesto.

 

Her collections have received several accolades; the latest in a long list being the “La Roca Village Prize” for the best collection at the 080 Fall-Winter 2012-13 edition, presented by the Autonomous Government of Catalonia.

 

COLLECTION-  MULE-WOMEN

They are known as mule-women or porters in Melilla. Their job is to transport heavy loads across the border from Spain to Morocco. Some make 3 or 4 trips a day to the "Barrio Chino" (Chinese Quarter) carrying up to 80 kg. These are women who risk their lives by being put to extremely grueling physical work in conditions of semi- slavery.

 

The sling plays an important role in this collection; it is woven together and used to hold parts of the pieces. The patterning is based on the load: backpacks, etc ... while in the line of oversize pieces. The overlaying of hidden materials is an inspiration on this theme.

 

Hand woven slings i.e. ribbons and laces, play a critical role in the collection. The pieces are created using the arts of basketry, macramé, rug weaving, braiding and knotting. The knotted strings symbolize the porters and the condition of slavery they are subjected to.

 

The pieces worked in elastic remind of the preparatory work of the porters, who make efforts to hide all possible material by wrapping it to their skin with plastic film. Patterns are screen printed and evoke a typical ornate folding screen.

 

The predominant colors are those looking to restore harmony and bring us closer to the earth: white, raw, earth reminiscent of clay and khaki tones. Transparencies inspire as well as overlay, some semi-transparent, some hemstitched. Pure linen, pure cotton, silk satin, silk voile and organic cotton from Andalusia.

 

 

Contact: [email protected]
Adress: c/ Bruc, 25
Manresa 08241
Phone number: 93 872  17 58

 

Web page: www.miriamponsa.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/miriamponsa
Twitter: @miriamponsa

 

Brand manager: Miriam Ponsa
Sales manager: Enric Burgstaller
E-Mail: [email protected]