Today we are highlighting A Life Sustained sponsor Celina Mancurti!
Celina designs and sews upscale eco-friendly linens for the home, for sale in her Etsy shop. You can read more about her at her website. In her words:
I am an Argentine textile designer living in the U.S.A. I have worked in the textile and fashion industry for more than 10 years. I left the industry world to follow my passion for textiles and to work on my own home collection that reflects my lifestyle. My story is told with my beloved screen printing, the unique designs and eco-friendly fabrics and notions I use.
Tell me about your journey to becoming an artist. What inspires you?
On my last trip to my native Buenos Aires I felt the need to preserve the traditions and memories that represent who I am. While visiting my grandma's house, I found her old can with vintage buttons and a bag with papers of all types and colors containing handwritten recipes. These items made me realize that memories from old moments and traditions are what keep families together. When I was a child, my family got together at my grandma's home every Sunday to share dinner. My grandpa made the spaghetti, and my grandma made the ice-cream. She "dressed" the table with a white tablecloth, which was used just on Sundays. And it was around that tablecloth where the party started!
Why not preserve our traditions during these crazy--and lovely--times when technology and fast food are devouring us? I want my designs to move people to create special moments that would stay with them forever. I want my creations to inspire you to wear an apron and cook for your loved ones, to save your recipe journal, and to set the table with a lovely linen and cloth napkins. And the best part, to inspire you to share memories and stories after dinner, while finishing your wine or having coffee or tea. Let's create memories that will stay with us for generations to come!
Tell us why it's important to you to use sustainable materials in your work.
I treasure my simple, clear-cut linens for the satisfaction I get from working with my hands thinking about the future generations. I have been influenced by organic fibers and eco-friendly supplies turning my vision towards a more sustainable product. The offspring of this marriage is a line made with 100% linen hand-screen printed with water-based inks and sewed with organic cotton thread. This blend gives an original production in a limited edition that is fully green and handcrafted.
Tell us about your favorite piece in your shop.
My recipe journal is my favorite heirloom piece.
Celina is offering to one lucky A Life Sustained reader the Menu journal pictured above! Create memories that will stay with you for generations to come. After dinner, while finishing your wine or having coffee, share the menu journal with your guests and ask them to leave a note in the section MEMORIES FROM THE TABLE... Save the page to remember that celebration forever!
The hard covers are made of recycled wood sheltered with hand screen printed linen. A stuffed chicken, also made with hand screen linen, is sewn on top giving a 3D effect. They enclose 40 white-ivory pages of recycled paper.
Get two additional entries! First, you can Follow A Life Sustained through Google Friend Connect and second, you can add Celina Mancurti to your favorites on Etsy.
Be sure to leave a comment for each "extra" so that they can be counted. Comments will be closed and a winner will be chosen in the evening of October 29.
And the lucky winner is...
"I love your work"
Thank you Celina Mancurti!