Arpillera Workshop
5 weeks, Thursdays, March 5-26, 10am to 1 p | EcoCafe

Arpillera Workshop

Arpilleras are brightly colored patchwork constructed from simple materials such as burlap and scraps of cloth. Create a moving narrative collage – a tapestry of one’s life.
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Time & Location

5 weeks, Thursdays, March 5-26, 10am to 1 p
EcoCafe, 1441 King St N, St. Jacobs, ON N0B 2N0, Canada

About the Event

Neruda Arts Arpillera Workshop –  Through a folkloric, community arts practice from Chile Neruda Arts brings healing, personal expression, and community-based art creation to Canada. Using rudimentary sewing skills, and mixing medias, the participants create works of art that reflect their own experiences, and touches on themes that vary from immigration, family, stress, mental illness and many others. The result is a moving narrative collage – a tapestry of one’s life.

Arpilleras are brightly colored patchwork 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.

The project will be done in St Jacobs, home of the Mennonite quilting community. Members of the quilting comunity are welcome bring their knowledge and skills in the hope that we can create a fusion of styles.

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