Textile Art Weekend

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Textile Art Weekend

Happy Sunday!

Yesterday I went to the local cultural center to visit two exhibitions that I just couldn’t miss. Both exhibitions can be found in the center, in one of the most beautiful buildings of town. It is one of my favorite places. Built in traditional hacienda style, this space is the window to history and a serene oasis with orange trees, fountain and beautiful vegetation.

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As soon as I saw the name of the first exhibition – HILOS (“threads” in Spanish) – I knew I had to see it. Though I definitely wasn’t prepared to see what I did. Artist Lena Bartula was inspired by Huipil, the traditional square-cut Mexican hand-woven and decorated with embroidery blouse. The artist used this ancient tradition and adapted it to the contemporary reality – the materials, form and the message. It is the exhibition that brings the awareness to the over-consumption, fast and cruel fashion, our habits to take everything that we have for granted. I thought to share with you some of these pieces.

“365 4 2015”. “I made a commitment to create a huipil a day…”

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“Unzipped”. “This huipil is a tribute to all women and men who have found their voices and encouragement for those who haven’t.” The shape of the traditional huipil and the important message inside each zipper.

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“Transparency”. “As transparencies, they expose the threads that consistently run through my work: truth, beauty, justice, spirit… “

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“Corn Mother”. “It is one of this continent’s oldest crop…. For the survival of humanity, this natural food source must remain free from genetic manipulation and unsustainable farming practices.”

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“Behind the Label”. “This huipil recognizes and remembers the plight of seamstresses around the world. Leftover strips serve as a metaphor for garment workers who are so disposable, simply used and tossed aside by corporations…”

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It is a great exhibition that makes you stop and wonder, look around your own little world, be thankful for things you have and be a little bit ashamed of yourself for taking so many things for granted.

The second exhibition that drew my attention was of sarapes, a traditional Mexican form of textile art. It is a grand collection of beautiful hand-woven rugs from the end of 19th – beginning of 20th century.

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Each piece is a masterpiece, and such an inspiration! The colors and shapes, formed by threads and hands, are mesmerizing! I believe those of you who are vivid fair isle knitters will be inspired by these geometrical designs.

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It was such a beautiful and inspiring day. I am glad I was able to “take” you along with me!

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Have a great Sunday!


By | 2016-02-21T12:27:42+00:00 February 21st, 2016|Travel|29 Comments


  1. Melissa February 21, 2016 at 10:34 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing the exhibit with those who are far away!

    • Alina February 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm - Reply

      You are very welcome! I am happy to have you to share with!

  2. Miss Manitas February 21, 2016 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Very intersting exhibitions!! Thanks for sharing….we can take a virtual tour!! 😉

    • Alina February 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm - Reply

      You are welcome! I am glad you like it!

  3. Zeta February 21, 2016 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Such inspiring exhibitions! Thanks for sharing!

    • Alina February 21, 2016 at 1:01 pm - Reply

      I am happy you are inspired, Zeta!

  4. Ady Grafovna February 21, 2016 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Wow! What a beautiful and inspirational exhibit!

    • Alina February 21, 2016 at 1:01 pm - Reply

      I am happy you found this post inspiring, Ady!

  5. Diane February 21, 2016 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    wow, that first exhibit is awe inspiring and very thought provoking. It has intrigued me so much that if I lived anywhere nearby I wouldn’t hesitate to go see it. The serapes were lovely too but that first exhibit takes my breath away. Fabulous and thank you for sharing.

    • Alina February 21, 2016 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      You are so welcome, Diane! I also met the artist and she is a wonderful and very interesting person!

    • lena bartula April 10, 2016 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      thank you so much for your kind comments about my exhibition. I’m terribly thrilled to find Alina’s post today, because I don’t think we met at my exhibition.

  6. karen February 21, 2016 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    beautiful! I love going to exhibits and that only happens when we are in a city. I live in a tiny town 🙂

    • Alina February 22, 2016 at 7:59 am - Reply

      The town is actually pretty small, but as it is one of the most visited towns in the world, there are always a lot of tourists, that’s why they try to host different cultural events.

  7. Andrea @ This Knitted Life February 21, 2016 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    San Miguel is such a great place for the arts. A deep vein of humanity indeed.

    • Alina February 22, 2016 at 8:00 am - Reply

      It is! So many artists and all kinds of creative people are here.

  8. Becki February 21, 2016 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    The cultural center looks to be a beautiful space – inside and out. And thanks for an introduction to the Huipil. Very interesting messages behind the designs you showed us. Though provoking post, Alina. I’m going to be thinking about the phrase “fast and cruel fashion” for a while now.

    • Alina February 22, 2016 at 8:01 am - Reply

      I love this place! Fast and cruel fashion is something that I started to wonder awhile ago… We all should know what is behind the label.

  9. Carmela Biscuit February 22, 2016 at 1:50 am - Reply

    Thank you for the virtual walk around the exhibitions, very inspiring works. This cultural center looks amazing!

    • Alina February 22, 2016 at 8:02 am - Reply

      You are welcome, Carmela! This building is one of my favorite places in town!

  10. sustainablemum February 22, 2016 at 4:09 am - Reply

    Two amazing and thought provoking exhibitions in a beautiful space. Thank you for the virtual tour.

    • Alina February 22, 2016 at 8:03 am - Reply

      You are welcome! I am glad you loved it!

  11. Katherine February 22, 2016 at 6:27 am - Reply

    Fascinating exhibitions – I particularly love the zipper piece, both the thought behind it and the look of it. Thank you for taking us with you!

    • Alina February 22, 2016 at 8:18 am - Reply

      You are very welcome, Katherine! Yes, I was really moved by the “Unzipped”!

  12. Lisa February 23, 2016 at 8:23 am - Reply

    That seems like the perfect weekend, and the perfect location for such lovely art. I am so glad you were able to take photos and share.
    The message of over consumption seems to be popping up a lot lately in art. I really like how this artist approached the idea!

    • Alina February 23, 2016 at 8:50 am - Reply

      I was really moved by the first exhibition! This is the important topic that people should ask questions about.

  13. Jeanette February 23, 2016 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    How lucky you were to see such a beautiful exhibition! I love the message of the artist and those textiles are stunning

    • Alina February 24, 2016 at 8:44 am - Reply

      I was so happy to be there and see it! I am glad you loved it!

  14. Julie February 25, 2016 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    I’m always so impressed by textile art, it just seems to be so much me surprising than many different other forms of sculpture! These are stunning examples, thanks so much for sharing!

  15. lena bartula April 10, 2016 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    Alina, how wonderful to find your blog today, thank you so much for featuring my work on it. What a nice surprise. I’m sorry we didn’t get to meet when you were here. All the best to you!

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