WOMEN SPEAK OUT ON APRONS
The Apron Project Installation exhibiting over 120 art aprons about women's concerns opens Sunday, March 3, 2-4 p.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center with a “Cookies and Milk” Reception. The aprons created by women across the United States express women’s history, personal stories and broader issues ranging from violence to health and environmental concerns. Materials and mediums are surprisingly varied; some aprons incorporate unusual accessories and even poetry. We hope that people of all ages will join this colorful outdoor celebration of women’s voices.
This is the second year of the Apron Project Installation. In March, 2012 aprons were hung between trees and along fences at 9th and Gold St. SW in downtown Albuquerque. This year the Apron Project joins the 2013 Women and Creativity March long events. Unique and inspiring aprons will be hung for the entire month on clothesline between the beautiful old cottonwood trees that front the NHCC Museum. The Apron Project also compliments the Chilean Arpilleras Exhibit (Women Stitching Resistance) currently at the NHCC Museum . You can even join a guided tour of the Arpilleras Exhibit at 1 pm, March 3, prior to the Apron Project Reception.
Coordinators of the Apron Project (“Apronistas”) are Ginger Quinn, Suzanne Visor, Shari Adkisson, Nova DeNise, Jackie Hertel, Winona Fetherolf, Janine al Bayati and Caroline LeBlanc.
CONTACT: Ginger Quinn
rpilleras or cuadros, exquisitely detailed hand-sewn three dimensional textile pictures, illustrate the stories of the lives of the women of the shantytowns (pueblo jovenes) of Lima, Peru and provide essential income for their families.
"Arpilleras originated in Chile, where women political prisoners who were held during the Pinochet regime used them to camouflage notes sent to helpers outside. Even the most suspicious guards did not think to check the appliquéd pictures for messages, since sewing was seen as inconsequential 'women's work'.
Today, arpilleras are created in a number of cooperatives located in the dusty shantytowns of poor and displaced families that ring the capital city of Lima." Pueblos are collections of the poorest people with unemployment near 80% and few sources of income. "Often the homes are shacks composed of salvaged parts: old doors, panels of straw matting, crating and corrugated metal. Water must be trucked in to the shantytowns because there are no water or sewage systems. Often, the small income from the sale of arpilleras provides the only source of income for families displaced from their traditional lives in the mountains. For others, this income allows the family to educate their children, to provide a little better living standard. For all, it engenders a sense of community among women who are often from very different customs and cultures; it is also a way to express their creativity.
The arpilleras tell the stories of life: stories of planting and harvesting potatoes, tomatoes, cabbages, grapes, corn; stories of spinning and weaving wool; stories of country life, of tending llamas, sheep and goats; stories of weddings and fiestas.