Feminist weaves in Brazilian and Argentine contemporary art: Rosana Paulino and Claudia Contreras

I translated a fantastic article, which was first published in a French magazine in Portuguese—the renown Artelogie.


I translated into English and Spanish since I think the entire world should be aware of the torture imposed upon African women slaves in Brazil, modern mistreatment of black women in many places, and in Argentina the feminist art expressions due to dictatorships, torture, and disappearances.


One thing the article doesn’t explain, is the scope of the punishment by having to wear the gag or Flanders tinplate mask:

Black woman wearing torture instrument, Flanders tinplate gag

Black woman wearing torture instrument, Flanders tinplate gag

it had a metal pin that actually went inside the woman’s mouth to press down on her tongue. Some female slaves died from metal poisoning…

—Silvia Piza-Tandlich



Intersections: First Movement

Intersections: First Movement

shows a common ground between textile artists and contemporary artists
using textile procedures in their work.
It expands the possibilities of creation, and supports it with
dialogue amongst all participants.
This is the first of three foreseen Intersections to be held at the
Octavio Vecchi Florestal Museum in São Paulo.

Intersection poster

Brazilean Artist Zilamar Takeda, has selected five artists to dialogue with herself:

Adriana Affortunati
Beatriz Oggero
Ciça Mora
Pietrina Atzori
Viga Gordilho 
 July 7 – August 8, 2013

Octávio Vecchi Florestal Museum, São Paulo, Brazil


Brazilean creator is present in Łódź Triennial – Creadora Brasileira presente en Trienal de Łódź

14th International Triennial of Tapestry, Łódź, Poland

May 3rd – Nov. 6th, 2013

Artist/artista: Zilamar Takeda – São Paulo, Brasil

Work/obra: “Party dress”

Materials: silk, hemp, natural cotton fiber, indigo-dyed hair, gauze weave dyed with coconut fiber, merino wool, natural silk, ceramics, Brazilean seeds.

Materiales: seda, cáñamo, fibra de algodón natural, pelo teñido con índigo, tejido de gasa teñida con fibra de coco, lana de merino, seda natural,
cerámicas, semillas brasileiras.

Contact/contacto: zilamar@zilamartakeda.com.br

—Silvia Piza-Tandlich


March 6 – 24, 2012

Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm

Victor Brecheret Convention Centre, São Paulo, Brazil

Curator: Zilamar Takeda

Participating artists: Agnes Franchini – Bete Landmann – Dulcineia Montico – Lala Martinez – Maria do Carmo Verdi – Marilena Novo – Miriam Pappalardo – Paula Yne – Renata Meirelles – Rita Moura – Severino Ramos – Viga Virginia Gordilho – Zilamar Takeda

Special guests: Renda Sol Project, with Elisabeth Horta & Palha Brasil Arte, and Cleide Toledo

Information: zilamar@zilamartakeda.com.br

—Silvia Piza-Tandlich, translation

Greetings from Grace!

Grace Kawall, Myth&Religion, quilted painting

Grace Kawall at work

Grace Kawall is a multi-talented Brazilean textile artist living in Ubatuba, from where she spreads cheer around the world. She has had over 40 exhibits in the U.S. and other countries.

Her enthusiasm and intensity are contagious not only in her exuberant textile paintings—which she hand quilts—but in her beautiful home and landscape as well.

She will be visiting NYC soon, but in the meantime she sends the customary “big hug” (typical LatinAmerican style greeting), to all of us.

Um grande abraço, Grace!

Grace's works at Café Piu Piu in São Paulo

You can see more of Grace’s works in video form: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZCuUa5aFuE

and at Grace’s site: http://ceciliakawall.ifp3.com/2/a5975

—Silvia Piza-Tandlich

6th International CIPED Congress in Portugal

6th International Congress on Research & Design

Evelise Ruthschilling from Brazil (SDA member since 1989), has been busy preparing for the 6th International Congress on Design & Research, Portugal.

Evelise teaches Art & Design at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). You can see Evelise’s textile work by visiting her site at   www.contextura.art.br

A Second Call for Papers is now open until May 8th, 2011.

After receiving numerous requests to extend the deadline for article submission to the 6th CIPED, the organizing committee has decided to extend this deadline to May 8, 2011.

This Congress will take place on October 10 – 12, 2011 at the
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal.