MAPPING OF ARTISTIC RESIDENCY PART OF CONTEXTILE 2016, GUIMARÃES, PORTUGAL

Because at the core of Contextile 2016 residencies was the collaboration with the textile industry, my project was set to be developed at MoreTextile Group.

The wonderfulness of this residency lied in the fact that the company put at my disposal their digital printing technology, the materials needed to develop my artwork, as well as the technical support, so necessary when it comes to working within this setting.

My making process involved a mix of hand processes (i.e. drawing, painting with gouache)...

My making process involved a mix of hand processes (i.e. drawings, painting with gouache) and...

...and digital processes (i.e. scanning, digital manipulation).

...digital processes (i.e. scanning, digital manipulation).

Printing the artwork was the most exciting stage of the process. It was amazing to see the designs with a myriad of colors printed so quickly on the fabric and at such a large scale.

Printing the artwork was the most exciting stage of the process. It was amazing to see the designs with a myriad of colors printed so quickly on the fabric and at such a large scale.

The fabrics (mostly cotton and linen) where printed with pigments on a DuPont Artistri 2020 digital printer.  

The fabrics (mostly cotton and linen) were printed with pigments on a DuPont Artistri 2020 digital printer.

My 'studio' for several weeks was the digital printing lab at MoreTextile Group.

My 'studio' for several weeks was the digital printing lab at MoreTextile Group.

I believe the key to a successful art-industry collaboration is having the technical support offered by a knowledgeable professional. Within the residency, it was provided by Jose Fontao senior textile designer at MoreTextile Group. By not having to try to figure out how to technically solve a variety of issues, Fontao allowing me to fully dedicate to my creative process.

I believe the key to a successful art-industry collaboration is having the technical support offered by a knowledgeable professional. Within this residency it was provided by Jose Fontao senior textile designer at MoreTextile Group. By not having to try to figure out how to technically solve a varietIy of issues, Fontao allowed me fully dedicate to my creative process.

A short video capturing the enthusiasm of this residency was created by Os Fredericos The Movie Makers and can be seen here.

Breathing Nature installed at Casa Da Memoria Guimarães.

Breathing Nature installed at Casa Da Memoria Guimarães.

My stay in Guimarães ended with a presentation about my project during Textile Talks event at Vila Flor Cultural Center. Textile Talks was a two-day event aimed at promoting the presentation and discussion of contemporary textile art projects.

My stay in Guimarães ended with a presentation about my project during TEXTILESTALKS event at Vila Flor Cultural Center.