On the occasion of Anni Albers exhibition at Tate Modern, Amber Butchart wrote a very interesting article for Frieze on how textile history has been separated from Art History and Fine Art because it has been always a women´s work.
The artificial divide that exists between fine art and textiles (or applied/decorative arts, or craft) is a gendered issue. ‘Textiles have always suffered as an art media because of their association with domesticity and femininity,’ says Hannah Lamb of The 62 Group of Textile Artists, an artist-led pressure group that has been promoting textiles as a fine art for nearly 60 years.
This opinion article share important foundations in which I support this research and how political stitching as other creative manifestations have been dismissed from Art History.
Indeed, me as student of Art History, I was never told about Anni Albers contribution to the Bauhaus. And the review of textile art was almost avoided during the whole university programme.
From 31 October to 30 November 2018 an amazing exhibition will take place at the Centro de Artesanía de Aragón, Monasterio de Samos s/n, Zaragoza (Spain). The exhibition brings together design, crafts and fashion in a complex exercise aimed at paying tribute to Spanish fashion designer Pertegaz on the occasion of the centenary of his birth.
As many other initiatives bridging crafts and design, the regional authorities of Aragon and professional association of artisans of the region have been working hard in the latest years with the aim of celebrating the excellence and unique beauty of handmade work.
In partnership with FITCA, they brought together several designers and artisans around Manuel Pertegaz heritage in order to design and create a collection of garments based on the marriage between artisanship, design and fashion. The result will be presented in this exhibition.
Looking forward to discovering the amazing work done.
It happens once again.
A big fashion company gets too much inspired by a folk design only few artisans in a small country make. Tory Burch, Valentino, Chanel or Louis Vuitton have presented original traditional designs from all over the world as new items in their collections.
This time Dior, who already used crazy patchwork techniques in their last collection, presented their own design, an imitiation of Beius jacket from Romania. While Dior sells the jacket by thousands of euros, local artisans confront gorgeous challenges to keep alive their traditions.
In order to support local artisans and enhancing this tradition, Bihor Couture brand was launched with local craftsmen as designers.
Now more about them and why not support them by acquiring a great garment.