Student María Albert teaches us the technique behind the perfect tie knot

You never know how talented your students are until you see them in action; that is the first thing that came to our mind when we entered class number A0.3 and saw María, current student of Architecture, running a workshop on designing and manufacturing your own custom ties and bow ties – one of the many small ateliers organized by our Technical School during the first edition of their CreaFest Winter.

María, sharing her sewing skills with a classmate
María, sharing her sewing skills with a classmate

“My mother is very skilled at sewing and I have always liked working with different patterns to create my own designs”, says María Albert, currently studying 5th year of Architecture. Apparently it all began just before a wedding, when she started working with small spare pieces of fabric to tailor-make a tie for her boyfriend. As word spread that she had designed that one-of-a-kind tie herself, friends started asking her to create new custom designs for them.

María tells us that “I don’t sell my designs, I just make them for friends on special occasions” but she also confesses that she enjoys very much sharing this hobby with other people.

A simple tie knot, not that easy to make! | Credit: DressForYou
A simple tie knot, not that easy to make! | Credit: DressForYou

About the workshop, she tells us that she came up with the idea after a conversation with professor Pedro Verdejo, who at some point admitted that he didn’t know how to make a proper tie knot (can you believe that!). It was obviously then that we insisted on the presence of this professor, at least to see if this was true and so we turned the workshop into a how-to-make-your-tie-knot interactive tutorial, which attracted – we must admit – quite a large number of professors of our Technical School. Fact: 70% of the academic staff at the ESET are unable to tie a tie!

When asked about her career prospects, María is categorical: “I want to finish my degree”. And, though she is currently working as a Math teacher for children, this resourceful future architect doesn’t rule out any possibility: “Even going abroad to work”, she tells us.

We wish you the best of luck, María (and thank you for the useful tutorial)! 😉


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