Textile artist Estela Melo begins her residency in Seville within the CARPET Project
Textile artist Estela Melo, creator of the company Ovelha Mãe, is one of the Portuguese artists who is in residency in Seville in March as part of the CARPET project activities.
Ovelha Mae has developed a passion for working with wool which has led her to own her own herd of sheep in the rural area of Aveiro. Constantly seeking to perfect her technique, she is inquisitive and restless and has been taking part in many training sessions for CREARTE in Coimbra.
Since 2004 she has dedicated herself to revealing the historical recreation as shown by the wool cycle in Portugal, Spain and Italy, teaching courses and workshops and frequently taking part as a specialist in talks relating to design and crafts in Portugal.
She often collaborates with Portuguese designers such as Filipe Faísca and María Gambina to develop signature pieces. She has also created various props for theatre companies and films. Her work has been displayed at a number of national and international shows.
She currently divides her work between her training in the textile art field, with particular focus on felt, weave and dye techniques, and developing pieces for her own brand, Ovelha Mãe.
During her stay in Seville she is sharing space at La Casa Sentida which is managed by María Varona.
The CARPET Project is coordinated by the Fundación Tres Culturas (Three Cultures Foundation) together with partners Creative Kernow in the UK, CEARTE in Portugal and APDN in Morocco. This project has financial support under the European Europa Creativa programme.