Esther Montero
textile art
I create textile pictures using upcycled fabrics, old clothing and other discarded materials.

I have been attracted to fabrics, threads, and anything textile all my life. Since very young I used to cut up old clothes to make something else with them, a hobby that over the years expanded to reusing all sorts of discarded fabrics and other materials.

A few years ago I discovered textile art and it quickly became my passion. Since then I have concentrated my efforts in learning and developing a textile art practice. I find inspiration everywhere around me and very often in the art world, both classic and modern. One of my favourite areas of work is to recreate well known paintings in my own style. I start by layering pieces of my chosen fabrics onto a background using various appliqué techniques to create the main composition. I then work on finer details and embellishment using hand and machine embroidery.

I am currently developing my skills, and continue to learn processes and techniques focused on fabrics, but with an interest to incorporate also other materials that would otherwise end up in landfill.

This will be my first year participating in Open Studios, I will be showing my works based on Gustav Klimt, Amedeo Modigliani, Alphonse Mucha and Modern Meninas.