// Art al Vent 2014//
The Art al Vent has come back once again for the 11th year. The contemporary textile art exhibition is world-renowned, drawing artists from as many as 25 countries this year. It is held in Gata, a small, old part of town in Spain. Last Thursday evening was the Inauguration day and I was lucky enough to attend as a family member’s work was chosen with 129 others out of 190 participants.
I love how the charming streets of Gata transform into an open air art gallery where visitors can enjoy both the art and town. Exhibition ends September 7th and you can visit their official website for more info.
Gata set the mood by kicking off the exhibition with a procession accompanied with music (played with drums and trumpets).
And also children holding painted flags, representing artists from all 25 countries.
I was also allowed to document the whole process of her work, which was fascinating. She tells me she finds inspiration from an Orange painting she did earlier on except this one is about 10 times the size of a canvas!
She used textile collage with some dyed fabrics and buttons. She also dyed the main fabric blue to make the background.
Every single component of this big project is carefully hand sewn.
The masterpiece. Congratulations to the artist!
From Spain - Dona Fent LLata, made with textile collage and wheat straw. I love the patchwork and it shows Gata’s famous industry for wicker and basket weaving.
From Mexico - La Tlanchana (The Siren), made with acrylic paint and fabric. I like how the fabric discs are sewn to make a 3D ‘scaly effect’.
From Canada - WW Tapestry, made with ribbon tapes.
From Costa Rica - Sol de Primavera, made with fabric and hand embroidery.
From China - Chinese Kites, made with fabric, embroidery, silk and satin.
From Egypt - Fiesta Egipcia, made with mixed technique painting.
From Chile - Quisera Ser Un Pez, made with acrylic paint, sequins and fabric.
You can click on the image below to see the full catalogue.
There are cultural activities going on during this exhibition period so be sure to check out their website for a list of programmes in case you don’t want to miss anything!