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. drawings, painting with gouache) and...
...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.
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.
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.
My stay in Guimarães ended with a presentation about my project during TEXTILESTALKS event at Vila Flor Cultural Center.