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    'POSAR FIL A L'AGULLA / Hands On: An arpillera made out of commitment', by Fundació Ateneu Sant Roc arpilleristas group. (Photo: Roser Corbera)
    'POSAR FIL A L'AGULLA / Hands On: An arpillera made out of commitment', by Fundació Ateneu Sant Roc arpilleristas group. (Photo: Roser Corbera)

     

    Title of Textile:POSAR FIL A L'AGULLA / Hands On: An arpillera made out of commitment
    Maker: Fundació Ateneu Sant Roc arpilleristas group
    Country of Origin: Catalonia / Spain
    Year Produced: 2015
    Size (cm): 1.55m X 1.08m
    Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera
    Description:

    "Hands On" is a collective arpillera that portrays the life of Fundació Ateneu Sant Roc as perceived by its creators: arpilleristas, volunteers and committed participants. From 2013 – 2015, the hands of 11 women have been sewing, little by little, the daily life of this busy, diverse organisation.

    Whilst many Chilean arpilleras show the mountains on the horizon, in this piece it is the cement department buildings of Sant Roc which appear in the background. In the foreground we find two different scenes.

    To the left, on a backdrop of grey, we see a busy street scene: children playing games, celebration banners displayed and people buying and selling at the craft market; all examples of how Fundiació Ateneu Sant Roc are involved in the local community.

    On a background of beige, the arpilleristas have portrayed the myriad of activities that take place within Fundiació Ateneu Sant Roc. Through these stitches, we see the commitment to children, young people and adults of the neighbourhood. Spanish classes, computer workshops and cultural activities are in full swing. The toy library, children playing in the patio, mother and child group, basic health care and recycling all convey the sense of an organisation contributing to the well being of the neighbourhood.

    Al in all, over 200 characters full of life and commitment, each of them a piece of Ateneu, emerge from this arpillera. Hands On is another grain of sand to improve the environment.

    Owner: Fundació Ateneu Sant Roc collection, Catalonia / Spain.
    Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Roser Corbera





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