Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 June 2021, Arpillera, Workshop with Eloïse Ptito-Echeverria
Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 June 2021, 2-5pm BST (British Summer Time, London, UK)
Virtual Workshop, hosted on Zoom by Eloïse Ptito-Echeverria
Originally from Montréal, Canada, Eloïse Ptito-Echeverria is a textile and apparel designer currently based in Amsterdam, NL. Driven by intelligent print and ethical design, she possesses a particular penchant for textiles, embroidery, and colour. After completing her Fine Arts degree in 2011, she lived in Santiago, Chile for a year where she trained in Rococo hand- embroidery and Shibori. She also studied Precolumbian-Andina textiles at l’Universidad Catolica de Diseño.
All of these experiences have collectively impacted her aesthetic vocabulary, resulting in a heavily art-based design ethos that insists upon embedding her work with the empowering qualities of colour, the textile practices of her mixed heritage, and the emotional recycling of personal materials. Paying very little attention to current fads, her ultimate goal is to create soulful heirloom pieces that will be passed down from generation to generation. She is a graduate of the Ryerson Fashion Design Program and was most recently awarded Brettons’ Designer of the Year.
Outline of the workshop
Drawing from her own Chilean roots, this weekend masterclass will be dedicated to the “Arpillera” patch-working process. Translating into “burlap” in Spanish, the Arpillera is traditionally a brightly-coloured, landscape patchwork picture picture that was most commonly crafted as a means of secret protest during the 1970s military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Arpilleras were often made in workshops and secretly distributed abroad through human rights groups, all while participants processed their own personal traumas and injustices through the art of picture patchwork-making.
This workshop will encourage participants to recycle their own personal and sacred materials that can then be made into their own “Arpillera”. In this workshop, we will be processing the collective anxiety and grief universally felt during the complex year that was 2020 and create our own patchwork picture that will reflect this.
The workshop will begin with a brief presentation exploring the history of the “Arpillera” and how this traditional textile practice can be used to envision a better world or to simply process one’s current reality through the artistic up-cycling of one’s textile remnants. Very basic embroidery techniques will then be introduced to aid participants in creating their patchwork picture.
Downloadable & printable PDF of basic embroidery instructions will be provided, as well as a printable set of cut-out patterns for houses, animals, trees, and plants.
All levels welcome.
Materials list (not provided)
Variety of embroidery and sewing needles
Variety of embroidery floss in different colours
Embroidery Hoop (optional)
Two 16” x 16” squares of burlap or toile à beurre (cotton écru) to use as embroidery backing
Any personal scraps, materials, cherished belongings that you can at home that you would like to repurpose. The more the better.
Batting or cotton balls for padding purposes
Stretch knit scraps
- Felt scraps
Workshop Cancellation Policy
All places reserved on workshops are non refundable, however, if you let us know you are not able to make a workshop you have booked at least two weeks prior to the event, we will re-advertise your place and refund your fee as long as we are able to sell your place and the workshop is fully booked.
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