November 4, 2011

One Painted Table Dress and 16 pair of hands who embraced the gift of the other

Saskia van Drimmelen and Margreet Sweerts of PAINTED presented a new concept for AIS SALON/ in Aruba: the painted table dress.
In the spirit of Painted, where designs evolve with more than one pair of hands, they designed a dress annex tablecloth in order of a special social workshop. 16 people - varying from social workers, creative artists, local entrepreneurs and myself - get together to embroider on this table dress with a nice top at the end.
Their assignment to us was: embrace what you get, like it is a gift, and bring it a level further. In other words: your creations will be the starting point for someone else. Like a canon. And that's not easy, to let go your first embroidery you have worked on full of ideas and expectations about the result!

During the workshop Saskia and Margreet explained a few basic embroidery techniques and created a visual dialogue with the colorful yarn between the mixture of people. All participants of the workshop made a fish, water waves, a fantasy bird and treads that leaded to the top of the cloth.
The end result is showed last Friday by a local performer, Alydia Wever, who will dance a custom made choreography dressed in our co-created table dress. Read more about this performance on this blog or click here.

Supported by Scol di Arte and Unesco.

Choose the yarn
Fantasy Fish

Bird and Fish

posted by Marij Elisabeth Rynja official blogger for SALON/

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