Create your own colorful decorations using
recycled pull-tabs. BY THE DESIGNERS OF ESCAMA
We started Escama (Portuguese for “fish scales”)
three years ago after seeing the way Brazilian
women incorporated used pull-tabs into their
crocheting. We worked with two craft co-ops to design and
produce a range of purses (see “Not to Scale,” CRAFT, Volume 01,
14). Experts warned us that we’d need to use machines
to get consistent quality. Luckily experts are sometimes wrong.
15,000 bags later, we’ve learned that craftswomen can do what
machines can’t: make consistently beautiful bags that are also
very personal. We’ve also learned that the world’s abundance of
“junk” offers a lot of creative potential. Renato Imbroisi designed
this decorative flower, and Eumary Moura Alves Novaes
Pinto shows you how to make it.