About Me

DaliaS

Dalia S.

Born in Alcoi (Spain), I studied History of Art (Degree) and Management of Cultural Heritage (Postgraduate) in Valencia (Spain).

From 2002 to 2004, I lived in Paris as Eramus student of the Paris IV Sorbonne university in order to conclude my studies in Arts.

I finished my studies and worked as trainee at the Galerie Frank Elbaz (Leonardo Da Vinci Programme) and the Théâtre du Frêne Company (Volunteer). In April 2004, again as volunteer, I supported the production of the 2nd Edition of the International Festival on Urban Art and the Urban Cultures International Meeting held in Buenos Aires and Rosario (Argentina).

At that time, I started to develop a photography story called “Patrimoni Mort” (Dead Heritage), focused on the forgotten industrial heritage, mainly old textile factories, of Alcoi. My dream was to become Anthropologist Photographer.

Three months later, I received a granted internship called Tandem Programme, a programme jointly launched by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Spain and France, to work in a cultural development project being implemented by MADA NGO in North Lebanon. In this framework, in cooperation with Ludovic, my tandem, we made an inventory (catalogue and photographies) of traditional architecture and archaeological sites, designed cultural touristic tours and made a research on the values of the local traditional architecture including some proposals for enhancing these amazing  houses. It was a three months wonderful experience and I made hundred of pictures of the Lebanese traditional architecture.

In 2006, I travelled to Morocco, to work as Culture and Development Project Manager for the Spanish International Development Cooperation Agency (AECID) at its Cooperation Office based in Rabat. At that time I was in charge of the cultural programme of the Embassy, worked with Instituto Cervantes but also monitored and evaluated nice projects on culture for development. Following this granted internship, I made some consultancy services to elaborate reports and formulate projects on culture for development.

Meanwhile, I made a Master Degree on Strategies, Agents and Policies of cooperation and development. A great experience came out in 2009 when I started to work as consultant for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Fund in Morocco.  My reponsability was to support the programmes teams to monitor the progress of two joint programmes: “Cultural Heritage and the Creative Industries as a Vehicle for Developmentand “Fight against gender-based violence through the empowerment of women and girls.

In 2010, I moved to Portugal and worked on intercultural dialogue and women´s empowerment at the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe and the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC). In this framework, I organised international events  in Belgrade, Istanbul, La Valletta, Lisbon, Rabat, Tetouan and Tunis (forums, conferences, workshops, summer schools) and developed relevant networks (Euro-Med Women Network).

In 2015, I started some consultancy services and voluntary actions for Dialogue Cafe Association. In this framework, among many other projects, I coordinated debates on creative hubs and social entrepreneurship and women´s empowerment & creative industries. Nowadays, I´m organising a global exchange of crafts makers.

As crafts lover, I attended several crafts workshops, in particular Portuguese traditional knitting, creative sewing, Portuguese and Japanese embroidery, creative weaving, quilting, Portuguese and Korean Patchwork, Japanese Nuno technique of felting silk and so on…! Because if you wish to support women´s artisans and cultural heritage, you need to understand and perfectly know the value of their work.

Among these projects and wishes, I have launched in 2016 a Craftivism Lab as a platform to promote and share information about craftivists initiatives promoting social change, collective empowerment, personal development and networking.

Some years ago, I created Hopscotch a blog where sharing thoughts and exploring my own textile creation. This Hopscotch would be the door to my upcoming atelier as a tailor and quilter.

In parallel, I´m developing this multidisciplinary project called Mus-Art, which includes a digital gallery aimed at promoting women´s artisans, a platform where sharing opportunities and initiatives to enhance artisan know-how and heritage, but also a research on artisanship as a vector for women´s empowerment.

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