New Year Wishes – Feliz 2012!

Good wishes for 2012! Peace, love, health, happiness, brotherhood and sustainable prosperity!

Evelise Rüthschilling, Coordinator

Surface Design Nucleous, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Beatriz Oggero exhibits in Bolivia

SANTA CRUZ, BOLIVIA – An interesting exposition named SAVIA (Spanish for “sap”) opened to the public last November 9 sponsored by the Simon I. Patiño Foundation, and presented at Kiosko Gallery. Curator Raquel Schwarz, with the inspiration of Hagamos el bosque (Make A Forest)—a Dutch organization dedicated to sustainable management of tropical forests (—selected 20 renown contemporary artists from Bolivia to present SAVIA through various artistic mediums.

Beatriz Oggero’s “Relict” is made of 220 modules woven in copper, mercerized cotton, and viscose in hues of green, and draws its inspiration from the Andean forest. It measures 40″ X 75″ by 8″ depth, with the upper part in light tones and the bottom in dark ones the way it is in the woods when seen from the air.

“Relicto” is a word to define remains of life organisms from the tertiary geologic Era —both vegetable and animal, which are scarce in the world: there are deposits in Chile, the Canary Islands, and Australia.

…”My idea when choosing this title, was that if we continue destroying the forest the way we have until now, there will only be these wonderful relicts left which, were we talking about human works, would be known as “relics”. While making the piece I thought that manual weaving in this contemporary world of digital looms, is also a relic of sorts, and that’s why I liked the term: I thought it was both strong and poetic…”

—translation by —Silvia Piza-Tandlich

Beatriz Oggero: "Relict" - detail

6th WTA Biennial: Program

6th International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art

World Textile Art – Air

Mexico, May 16 –June 3, 2011

The first Biennial event will be in Xalapa, a culture-oriented university town known as the “Veracruzan Athens,” sponsored by the Veracruzan University of Xalapa. In addition, the cities of Mexico DF and Oaxaca will also gather textile art creation, research, popular expression, management, and design personalities from all over the world.


International Congress, “Considerations Between Textiles and Society: A Recapitulation”. May 16-19, offers 40 conferences from 28 nations, and five theme tables. Venue: Xalapa Anthropology Museum, May 16 at 7:00pm.

• Mexico DF exhibits: Museum Diego Rivera-Anahucalli, May 26 at 7:00pm.

• Oaxaca exhibits: Centro de las Artes de San Agustín (CaSa), May 28 at noon.

The program includes the following shows: Salon Mini-textiles . Salon Art Object. Salon Large Format. Salon Recyclability In Textile Art, and Salon Collaborative Nets. In addition, the list of parallel shows and workshops is extensive.

Hicks: A Life In Textile

It is a great honor to have Sheila Hicks—pioneer of contemporary textile art—as special artist at the Museum of Anthropology. Her exhibit, “A Life In Textiles” will pay homage to this important artist, who started 50 years ago and still continues to guide the direction of new artists. Hicks has very strong ties with South America since it was our tradition that attracted her to textiles. There is no doubt that Mexico made an impression as well, compelling her to live here for a while near the workshop she created. Mexico is where she had her first exhibit, and among her favorite techniques is the huipil chamula from the Chiapas area.

WTA is creating the Sheila Hicks award, Pioneer In Textile Work, which will be presented for the first time at the closing ceremony in Xalapa.

See the article about Sheila Hicks in American Craft Council Magazine:

Itinerant Artist: Sheila Hicks
Textiles legend Sheila Hicks has never stopped traveling the world and seeking new horizons in her work.


The entire Biennial program can be found at www.wta–

For more information:


The exhibitions comprise

Large Format Salon: work by Ana Mazzoni, Argentina

a surprising number of renown LatinAmerican artists. I am posting a couple of “pre-show” works now, and promise to share more photographs as I receive them.


Invitation: Exhibition “Thread To Thread” (Hilo a hilo), contemporary textile art from Spain.

Thread To Thread

Large Format Salon. Ariane Garnier, Costa Rica. "The Draft". Galvanized wire, embroidery on rubber and mosquito net. 150 x 100 x 100cm.

Beatriz Oggero: Colored Transparencies. Copper wire wrapped with sewing thread. Large Format Salon. 6th WTA Biennial of Contemporary Art.

—Silvia Piza-Tandlich

6th WTA Biennial: Going to Oaxaca?

My work will be displayed at the 6th WTA Biennial’s Salon for Recyclability In Textile Art in Oaxaca, Mexico as of May 28!!!

Silvia Piza-Tandlich: Molecular Composition. Recycled afghan, fused plastic, papel picado, crochet. 2011, Salon For Recyclability In Textile Art, Oaxaca. Photo: Martha Alvarez.

Aside from the obvious thrill of chatting with artists and meeting new people, Oaxaca will feature Carolyn Kallenborn’s premiere of her documentary, Woven Lives, at the Oaxaca Textile Museum on June 2nd, which I really wanted to see.

Unfortunately, making the trip from Costa Rica to Mexico is expensive, and as my husband’s voice of reason sadly tells me what I already know, he also proposes to find “ways to fill the void.”  He’s right!

DVD cover for Woven Lives

While nothing could fill the void of not attending our own exhibit’s inauguration, so it happens that Carolyn Kallenborn does have the film on DVD for sale, and I have already requested a copy.

It also occurs to me that Carolyn has to fly herself all the way to Oaxaca at whatever price airlines charge, and then fly to the SDA Conference where she’s also giving a lecture and showing the film. I therefore, urge everyone to buy the film, and I know we won’t regret it: It’s made in very good taste, contains a lot of valuable information, and the proceeds will help Carolyn continue this type of important research. Last week I posted the film’s trailer, and I’ve seen photographs of Carolyn’s life with this Zapotec textile community in Oaxaca. This film is must-see, must-have! You can go to her website and use the payment options available

Or you can go to Oaxaca and see the exhibits at the Casa de Arte de San Agustín (CaSa) as well as the Oaxaca Textile Museum film premiere. If you go, please take lots of photos and share them with me!

—Silvia Piza-Tandlich

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:

and at Grace’s site:

—Silvia Piza-Tandlich

Carolyn Kallenborn films Mexican textile community life

Woven Lives: Contemporary Textiles from Ancient Oaxacan Traditions examines how traditional art and design play an active role in the cultural sustainability of the Zapotec communities in Oaxaca. This documentary, which traces the development of the weaving process from the first people in the valley to the present day, uniquely blends the perspectives of art, design, business, history, ethnic studies and cultural anthropology. While the textiles are the centerpiece of the film, it highlights the life around the production that creates a sense of connection to the culture, the community, the past and the future.

Textile creator in Oaxaca, Mexico.

The weaver’s work is filled with color and textures from dyes and yarns. The meditative movement of the spinning wheel and swift work of the weaver’s expert hands show a rhythm of motion at the loom that has been going on without interruption for centuries. The workroom is filled with the clack of the looms, the noise of the chickens in the yard, and the voices of the weavers as they speak with pride of their work. Photos can capture an instant. Written words can describe the scene and pass on tremendous amounts of information, but only through movement, color and sound can one really communicate the experience of the process, their connection to their culture and the beauty of their extraordinary textiles.

Visit the website
Documentary Film by Carolyn Kallenborn

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

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.