Arpilleras: Community Action and      Empowerment through       Narrative Textile Art An exhibit of Arpilleras from around...
Arpilleras (pronounced "ar-pee-air-ahs") are three-dimensional appliquétapestries of Latin America. Arpilleras are actuall...
Vamos a la playa en micro / Lets go to the beach by busUnknown workshop, c.1977, Chile, courtesy of Kinderhilfe Chile—Bonn
La gente necesita trabajar/ People need workUnknown workshop, c.1975, Chile, courtesy of Rosario Miralles, Spain
Violencia en las calles de Santiago de Chile / Violence in the streets of Santiago de Chile Unknownworkshop, c. 1979, Chil...
Lavandería Santa María/ Santa Maria LaundretteUnknown workshop, c. 1975, Chile courtesy of Lala & Austin Winkley
Corte de agua en una población / Water cut in a poblaciónUnknown workshop, c.1979, Chile, courtesy of Kinderhilfe Chile-Bonn
Carabineros tumbando olla común / Police tumbling soup kitchenUnknown workshop, c.1978, Chile, courtesy of Kinderhilfe Chi...
No to the damLinda Adams, from Ely, England, 2011
Any time and everywhere -Anna Franks universalityHeidi Drahota, German textileteacher and artist, 2011,courtesy of the art...
My evacuation fromBerlinMara Loytved - Hardegg,German artist residing inBerlin
Will there be poppies, daisies and apples when I grow up?Irene MacWilliam, Northern Ireland, 2009, courtesy of the artist
Overdue, Overdrawn, Overextended: Rural Poverty in IrelandDeborah Stockdale, Ireland, 2009 made for Arpilleras That Cry Ou...
No going backSonia Copeland, Northern Ireland, 2009, courtesy of the artist
Roberta Bacic, left and Minna Scherlinder Morse with arpilleras, The GW Art TherapyGallery
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  • Vamos a la playa en micro / Lets go to the beach by bus Unknown workshop, c.1977, Chile, courtesy of Kinderhilfe Chile—Bonn
  • La gentenecesitatrabajar/ People need work Unknown workshop, c.1975, Chile, courtesy of Rosario Miralles, Spain
  • Violencia en lascalles de Santiago de Chile /Violence in the streets of Santiago de Chile Unknown workshop, c. 1979, Chile, courtesy of the curator
  • Lavandería Santa María/ Santa Maria Laundrette Unknown workshop, c. 1975, Chile courtesy of Lala & Austin Winkley
  • Corte de agua en unapoblación / Water cut in a poblaciónUnknown workshop, c.1979, Chile, courtesy of Kinderhilfe Chile-Bonn
  • Carabinerostumbando olla común/ Police tumbling soup kitchen Unknown workshop, c.1978, Chile, courtesy of Kinderhilfe Chile-Bonn
  • No to the dam Linda Adams, from Ely, England, 2011
  • Any time and everywhere - Anna Frank's universality Heidi Drahota, German textile teacher and artist, 2011, courtesy of the artist
  • My evacuation from Berlin Mara Loytved - Hardegg, German artist residing in Berlin
  • Play today, pay tomorrow Irene MacWilliam, Northern Ireland, 2010, courtesy of the artist
  • Will there be poppies, daisies and apples when I grow up? Irene MacWilliam, Northern Ireland, 2009, courtesy of the artist
  • Overdue, Overdrawn, Overextended: Rural Poverty in Ireland Deborah Stockdale, Ireland, 2009 made for Arpilleras That Cry Out, exhibition, courtesy of the artist
  • No going back Sonia Copeland, Northern Ireland, 2009, courtesy of the artist
  • Roberta Bacic, left and MinnaScherlinder Morse with arpilleras, The GW Art Therapy Gallery
  • Slides of arpillera exhibit

    1. 1. Arpilleras: Community Action and Empowerment through Narrative Textile Art An exhibit of Arpilleras from around the World Curated by Robert Bacic Sponsored byThe George Washington Art Therapy Program and Art & Remembrance March 6-April 6 2012
    2. 2. Arpilleras (pronounced "ar-pee-air-ahs") are three-dimensional appliquétapestries of Latin America. Arpilleras are actually from the Chilean tradition, anold regional pictorial appliqué technique from Isla Negra on the coast ofChile, whereby rags were used to create images and then embroidered on largepieces of cloth. Initially hessian(a coarse jute fabric similar to sacking, used for bags, upholstery,etc.), arpillera inSpanish, was used as their backing, and that then became the name for thisparticular type of work. Sometimes small dolls were added for threedimensional effects.After the military coup in 1973, which introduced the Pinochet regime, theAssociation of Relatives of the Disappeared in Chile began to make arpilleras.They were handcrafted, using scraps of materials collected by women ordonated by the churches. They tell their stories and became a means ofsupporting the makers’ families. They were also made by women politicalprisoners, either while inside prisons or when released. They used them tosmuggle out notes to people who would denounce what was happening atnational or international levels or people who might assist them in their differentneeds or would be able to pass on messages to their dear ones.
    3. 3. Vamos a la playa en micro / Lets go to the beach by busUnknown workshop, c.1977, Chile, courtesy of Kinderhilfe Chile—Bonn
    4. 4. La gente necesita trabajar/ People need workUnknown workshop, c.1975, Chile, courtesy of Rosario Miralles, Spain
    5. 5. Violencia en las calles de Santiago de Chile / Violence in the streets of Santiago de Chile Unknownworkshop, c. 1979, Chile, courtesy of the curator
    6. 6. Lavandería Santa María/ Santa Maria LaundretteUnknown workshop, c. 1975, Chile courtesy of Lala & Austin Winkley
    7. 7. Corte de agua en una población / Water cut in a poblaciónUnknown workshop, c.1979, Chile, courtesy of Kinderhilfe Chile-Bonn
    8. 8. Carabineros tumbando olla común / Police tumbling soup kitchenUnknown workshop, c.1978, Chile, courtesy of Kinderhilfe Chile-Bonn
    9. 9. No to the damLinda Adams, from Ely, England, 2011
    10. 10. Any time and everywhere -Anna Franks universalityHeidi Drahota, German textileteacher and artist, 2011,courtesy of the artist
    11. 11. My evacuation fromBerlinMara Loytved - Hardegg,German artist residing inBerlin
    12. 12. Will there be poppies, daisies and apples when I grow up?Irene MacWilliam, Northern Ireland, 2009, courtesy of the artist
    13. 13. Overdue, Overdrawn, Overextended: Rural Poverty in IrelandDeborah Stockdale, Ireland, 2009 made for Arpilleras That Cry Out, exhibition, courtesy of the artist
    14. 14. No going backSonia Copeland, Northern Ireland, 2009, courtesy of the artist
    15. 15. Roberta Bacic, left and Minna Scherlinder Morse with arpilleras, The GW Art TherapyGallery

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