Newsletter #3: Agenda

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TE’OM Mexican Association of Textile Research
by Ana Celia Martínez Hernández, textile designer – México.
To promote and expand research in themes pertaining to Mexican or international textiles, through the realization of forums for exhibition and discussion, are some of the main goals of
Te’om.

A space created by people passionate and concerned with the field of textiles, who upon integrating the association became connected to an intellectual network for sharing and amplifying knowledge of textiles that for centuries we as Humanity have been producing. To encourage research, exchange information, learn from one another, is what Te’om pretends in each of its meetings.

At each session, the Past and the Present concur; the mind is illuminated by presentations by its members, making known the achievements of their investigations. The last of these marvelous encounters took place in the warm setting of the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City this past 16th of May.

Alter the welcome by archaeologist Rosario Ramirez, President of the Association; Robert Freund gave a talk on the theme “Preserving the Textile Memory of Mexico”. Following, Dr. Virginia Armella presented her book, The Threads of Heaven (Los Hilos del Cielo), a beautiful edition in which the author transports us to the Past of those ecclesiastical textiles preserved in the Mexico City Cathedral. Concerning textile jewelry, Laura de Alba showed her creative production worked over several years. Finally, Jorge Miguel López, collector, shared a pair of actual examples of Mayan dress. The designer Marcela Gutiérrez, treasurer of Te’om gave the final reflections and exhorted us to continue being in contact and participate in the activities organized by the association.

Paola Moreno "Damero en azul y rojo" 180 x 180 cm. Lino, Shibori y nudos.

Paola Moreno “Damero en azul y rojo” 180 x 180 cm. Lino, Shibori y nudos.

Textiles at the Andino Museum
By Andrea Fischer – Chile

Chile, through July 8, 2008. Museo Andino. Camino Padre Hurtado 0695. Alto Jahuel, Buin.

Inge Dusi, Patricia Velasco and Paola Moreno present almost forty textile pieces made with materials such as alpaca wool, linen, and silk organza.
Through works of various formats, each of the artists expresses her particular view and approach to this ancient art.

Translation: Silvia Piza – Tandlich

Dia-Logue VI International Triennial of Tapestry and Textile Arts

Tournai, Belgium, June 14 – August 31,2008

This year, the International Triennial will take place from June 14 to August 31. In its sixth edition, it will pay homage to Italy’s variety of landscapes and cultural diversity, inspired by a multitude of mentalities, with all the characteristics offered by its cities.

The International Competition of Tapestry and Textile Art, “Dia-logue” will be organized within this triennial. Its objective is an original textile work in diptych format, which makes reference to new materials. Thirty-six works selected by the Belgian jury will be shown at the “Halle-aux-Draps.” The opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday, June 13 at 18:00 hours at the Fine Arts Museum of Tournai, where prize winners will be announced.

For more information: www.triennaletournai.be

Translation: Silvia Piza – Tandlich

“SCYTHIA 7″ The Seventh International Biennial Conference and Exhibition on Textile Art

Kherson – Ukraine, June 18 – 22, 2008

The 7th International Biennial of Textile Art, Symposium and Exhibition, “Scythia” open to public at large, professionals, workshop studios, specialized tours, will take place in Kherson, Ukraine, from June 18 to 22, 2008. The organizers—ETN members Ludmila Egorova and Andrew Schneider, have taken on the task of helping to present new artists, and informing the public about national and international tendencies. The symposium offers the opportunity to learn more about new textile happenings throughout the world. The international exhibit includes tapestry, batik, weaving, parché, shibori, felting, embellishing, embroidery, appliqué, paper, and 3D textile. Medals will be awarded to the three best artworks.

For further information: http://anschnei.public.kherson.ua

Translation: Silvia Piza – Tandlich

Ritual de las Llamas. -Díptico-. 1.86 x 2.20 m.

Ritual de las Llamas. -Díptico-. 1.86 x 2.20 m.

 

 

Peruvian Art for the World
Martha Alvarez – Colombia

Textile artist Máximo Laura, with his relentless creativity, delights us this year with new creations at new competitions:

• “LAND” THE TAPESTRY FOUNDATION OF VICTORIA AWARD EXHIBITION, April 9 to May 3 in Canberra, Australia. This event awards a prize to the tapestry deemed by the public as the “best.” Máximo’s “Rituals and Visions In the Sacred Mountains” was chosen.

• 6th INTERNATIONAL TRIENNIAL OF TAPESTRY AND TEXTILE ARTS OF TOURNAI “Dia-Logue”, June 13 to August 31 in Tournai, Belgium. He is participating with his diptych, “Ritual of Flames”.

• “SCYTHIA 7″ The Seventh International Biennial Conference and Exhibition on Textile Art, June 18 to 22 in Kherson, Ukraine. He is participating with “Rest of the Warrior of Light” and “Poem of the Flower,” and at the symposium with the conference, “Rituals and Visions: Textile Art In Peru.”

• AMERICAN TAPESTRY BIENNIAL SEVEN, June 16 to July 11 in Tampa, Florida, USA. He participates with “Ardent Path to Light.”
For information:

http://www.anu.edu.au/ITA/CSA/events/index.php

www.triennaletournai.be

http://anschnei.public.kherson.ua

www.americantapestryalliance.org

Translation: Silvia Piza-Tandlich

Luis Acosta

Luis Acosta

PAPER SENSITIVITIES. Exhibition of paper artists working in the Netherlands

Barcelona – España, Mirador of the Capellades Paper Mill Museum from 16th March till 16th June 2008.

The aim of this exhibition is to show paper art objects on an international level. The museum will be featuring international paper artists. The artists work, study and give courses on paper and paper art in the Netherlands. The curator is Luis Acosta.

THE ARTISTS: The links between the artists is paper and the way they explore textures and shapes in their works, using nature as a source of inspiration.

Luis Acosta, Mariëlle van den Bergh, Yuko Ebina, Toshihiro Hattori, Miriam Londoño and Ingrid Siliakus will participate in this exhibition.

The artist involved in this exhibition, are offered to change to explore the possibilities of their pieces with large dimensions being displayed, since the Mirador (ancient drying room) hall of the Museum is to their disposal.

• Luis Acosta, www.luisacosta.nl as a designer, is particularly interested in forms inspired on the “Quipus” and nets. In his work, he explores the possibilities of shapes, colours and transparent structures using sewed paper threads.
• Mariëlle van den Bergh, www.nbks.nl is inspired by the forces of nature like tidal waves, ocean surf and avalanches as the observer of her sculptures, objects and installations can see.

• Yuko Ebina, www.yukoebina.jp is interested in the origins of natural worlds as we can appreciate in her water colours and handmade art books.

• Toshihiro Hattori, www.toshihirohattori.com tries to make the observer aware of the relationship between human and nature, life and culture and environment and art.

• Miriam Londoño, www.miriamlondono.com uses written texts as visual objects. She explores texts that involve personal testimonies, first-hand experiences and accumulated memories.

• Ingrid Siliakus, http://ingrid-siliakus.exto.org works with the Japanese technique ‘paper architecture’. She creates refined, complicated paper sculptures, based on mathematics and architecture.

Museu Molí Paperer de Capellades
c. Pau Casals, 10
08786 Capellades (Barcelona) Spain
Tel. i fax (34) 93 801 28 50
www.mmp-capellades.net

 

 

En la Casa del Algodón

En la Casa del Algodón

 

 

The Tajín Summit – A festival of cultural niches
By Yosi Anaya – Mexico
Artist and textile researcher, advisor to Casa del Algodón

During one week, at the beginning of Spring (19-23 of March), The Tajín Summit (Cumbre Tajín) took place once more in the Taiklhsukut Park, in the northern part of the state of Veracuruz, less than a kilometer away form the great archaeological zone, the ancient Totonac city of Tajín. In accord with UN decree for 2008 – the Year of Indigenous Languages – this year’s theme was the Totonac language. In this unique confluence of different manifestations and artistic social tendencies, the most significant aspect of Cumbre is the Centre for Indigenous Arts, a project that is developed throughout the year and which is unveiled during the festival.

The different Casas, according to the Totonac vision – the House of the Grandfparents, the Totonac House (Dance), the House of the Flowering Word (Totonac language), the Houses of the Creative Hands (Clay and Cotton), the House of Vanilla, as well as Indigenous Video – open their hearts to explain Totonac life, the activities, chores and developments of the Totonac student-teachers in the reconstruction of their own culture.

In the House of Cotton–Casa del Algodón, the story of the spider-web unfolds: when the twelve grandmothers at the table of creation send lightning-threads to the Earth. This mythic backdrop was deployed not only in the mounting of the exhibition and weaving activities – a great warp, 9 meters long of collective weaving crossed the space – but also the neighboring house, The Flowering Word, staged a collective theater-dance-ritual. Visitors to the Casa del Algodón were introduced to the sense of contact with cotton, explained its cultivation, spun and wove with numerous small waist-looms below the trees and inside the bamboo hut. Totonac embroideries illustrated this cosmology on the bamboo walls, while the Totonac student-teachers instructed the interested public.

Also, between presentations, concerts, niches of food and healing, magnificent traditional textiles, realized by diverse indigenous artists and artisans of the state and invitees from other regions of the country, were outstandingly present in the confluence of cultural products.