Tue., Mar. 10 | EcoCafe

Arpillera Quilting Workshop - POSTPONED

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Arpillera Quilting Workshop - POSTPONED

Time & Location

Mar. 10, 2020, 10:00 a.m. – Apr. 07, 2020, 12:00 p.m.
EcoCafe, 1441 King St N, St. Jacobs, ON N0B 2N0, Canada

About the Event

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: As a preventative measure to minimize the possible spread of COVID-19, the Arpillera workshop will be postponed until further notice. This was a very difficult decision to make but the health and wellbeing of our participants come first. We hope to be able to regroup in May.

This 5-week project will be done in St Jacobs, home of the Mennonite quilting community. Pariticpants are welcome bring their knowledge and skills in the hope that we can create a fusion of styles.

Through a folkloric community arts practice from Chile, Neruda Arts brings healing, personal expression, and community-based art creation to Waterloo Region. Using rudimentary sewing skills, and mixed media, the participants create works of art that reflect their own life journey, and touch on themes that vary from every day struggles, to beautiful experiences, family, stress, mental illness and many others. The result is a moving narrative collage – a tapestry of one’s life. An Arpillera is a brightly coloured patchwork collage constructed from simple materials such as burlap and scraps of cloth. 

Arpilleras have many common elements. Bits of fabric are cut in the shapes of houses, trees, or objects and are stitched to the backing. Figures of people are almost always three-dimensional, with little rolled arms, heads and bodies coming out of a flat background. Sticks, bits of foil, plastic, or paper, dried beans, and other commonly found materials are frequently sewn or glued onto the tapestries. Simple decorative topstitching fills in the details. Each arpillera is bordered by a colorful fabric binding, blanket stitch, or crocheted wool edging.

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