Spirit of Summer: Leonor Tinajero, macrame artist

Leonor Tinajero (also known as Leonor MacraMaker) is a self-taught fiber artist. She uses eco fibres to create beautiful and sustainable art pieces, making use of recycled cotton, reclaimed wool and reused materials. She also shares her knowledge through workshops, which can be booked on her website.

Leonor is taking part in The Glades Local Showcase, displaying and selling her work in a dedicated space at The Glades.

What does the Spirit of Summer mean to you?

The Spirit of Summer for me means long days, picnics in the park, BBQs, and long walks in the countryside.

What are your top tips for enjoying Bromley and the surrounding area in the summer?

The Bromley community is great, with The Glades at the heart of the community. All the shops, charities and restaurants will make your outdoor experience truly memorable. From the parks, woodlands, theatre and cinema offering, restaurants, pubs and coffee shops, everyone is willing to make your day a bit better.

I recommend Hayes Common if you want to feel like you are lost in the woods. Literally round the corner and so beautiful.

Tell us a bit about your work as an artist and maker…

I started macrame as a tool to support my counselling. I found myself doing it every day and creating new pieces every week. I never wanted to stop, so when I was asked to do bespoke pieces it felt like the right thing to do and I made it my business.

My pieces are all made with reclaimed wood and recycled cotton cord from the fast fashion industry. Macrame is an ancient technique that connects your touch with your brain.

I step out of the classical macrame boho-chic trend by bringing colours into my pieces. Colours are the language of the soul.

My pieces bring that exclusive touch, sustainability and texture to interior spaces. Made knot by knot with love and passion for what I do, all of them are unique and original.

Does your local area inspire or play a role in your work?

I started macrame with normal cotton, but being part of Greener and Cleaner Bromley made me reconsider my choices as an artist. The Bromley community of eco warriors and artist wanting to make a difference has inspired me to consider my choices, and what I waste and use in my business as an artist.

What did it mean to you to be part of the Local Showcase at The Glades?

Being part of the Local Showcase meant so much to me.

I applied because having met Emma Jane Semmens [the curator of the Local Showcase] in her pop-up shop, I realised that connection with your community is where you have the most impact.

That The Glades wanted to support local artists meant everything. It brought us closer to our clients and it brought us closer together.

What’s next for you and your work?

I am working on a few big pieces and talking to some interior design studios to feature my work in their designs, and getting ready for Christmas (yes, us makers start planning for Christmas around July time).


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