Newsletter #7: Bibliographic Recomendation

MANO DE OBRA, publicación sobre artes y oficios

MANO DE OBRA, publicación sobre artes y oficios

…Texts From the Southern Cone
REDTEXTILIA Editorial Council

“MANO DE OBRA,” publication about arts and crafts.

MORENO,Paola; PALOMINO, Bárbara & URRUTIA, Constanza.
Editors: Paola Moreno & Bárbara Palomino, 2009
ISBN 978-956-319-782-2
72 pages
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“Mano de Obra” is an arts and crafts publication, but it is also a meeting point for a contemporary current where manual work is as much a hand exercise as it is a political and social thought…”—writes Paola Moreno, who’s a textile artist and professor at the Department of Visual Arts at the School of Arts of Chile University—same as Palomino and Urrutia.

Northern Argentina Tapestry: Warp Face Manual

Editorial MAIZAL Ediciones
ISBN 9789879479353
112 pages
Price: 55 Argentine pesos (about US$13)
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“…One of the polemics arising from a series of workshops given during the National Biennale of Textile Artists organized by Salta Province, was to establish whether or not there was a difference between the textile artisan and the artist. The line separating the artisan from the artist is clear. It is important to be creative in order to be an artist, and the artist’s interest is beyond marketing needs. I think the majority of weavers are creative, and thus artisan/artists…”

The Poncho, Art and Tradition

EGUIGUREN, Javier ; VEGA, Roberto & EGUIGUREN, José.
Vega & Eguiguren Ediciones
Buenos Aires, 2002
72 pages
ISBN 9879838629
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This book has been published due to the mega-exhibit, “The Poncho, Art and Tradition,” held at the National Museum of Decorative Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina in October-November, 2001.

…”Beyond multiple usefulness, and greater or lesser degree of quality in its technical making and decorative character, the poncho is a second flag within the imagery of a peace tradition, and cover in which Argentines reencounter and recognize ourselves..

Jasimaná Throws (“mantas”)

Comitato Progetto Ermanno
Biella, Italy, 2006
141 pages
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Together with the world’s revaluation of traditional knits and old production systems, old spinning traditions awake—with passion to the past—in various Argentine regions, beginning to form a part of the global circuit.

From the tiny and hidden town of Jasimaná in the province of Salta (which has restricted access due to lack of roads), the artisan maestro, Santiago Cruz started to form a group of producers who export to Italy, under grant by Foundation Awaysun—in quechua language meaning let us weave—and with the collaboration of other artists, Rodrigo García Bes among them.

Translation: Silvia Piza-Tandlich