PERUVIAN TEXTILES INSTRUCTIONAL ARTIST RESIDENCY

ANDEAN WEAVING

ARQUETOPIA LOCATION: CUSCO, PERU
APPLY HERE
 
 Spring Sessions 2018: Cusco, Peru
 
E-mail Chris ASAP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for Extension Instructions
Fee Reduction Possible; E-mail for Details
 
Spaces are limited. Our selection committee
evaluates all applications as they are received.

This unique instructional residency offers competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists age 22 and over.
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In the ancient Andean world, art and technology were not separated; textiles especially had extensive roles in the development of technology and culture. In Peru, textiles are living documents, and probably one of the most important visual expressions, a complex system of communication with meanings and values. The importance of textiles is such that it goes beyond the sphere of clothing; for instance, fabric technology has a primal role in the development of material culture in Peru, and an extensive role in the organization of space influencing stone construction and Andean architecture.
 
During the Spanish colonization of the Americas, efforts to convert the native populations to Catholicism set in motion complex historical dynamics affecting the art of the people of the Andes in profound ways; nevertheless, many of these processes involved contestation and negotiation of power. In that sense, textile design and abstraction in Peru differs from many other textile traditions, and although there are similarities with other cultures of the Americas, the Andean textile tradition stands out as with unique and complex cultural expressions.
 
The back strap loom used in the Andes today dates from pre-Inca times, and weavers use very similar technology to that of their ancestors. Today in Peru, spinning and weaving yarn keeps being an art form, an intrinsic part of Peru’s national heritage, and an integral part of the living culture of the Andes.  The knowledge of weaving is usually transferred by the Andean method of person-to-person communication, and by watching and practicing which informs the structure of our weaving programs at Arquetopia.
 
The Peruvian Textiles Instructional Artist Residency is a production residency that includes 3 weeks of master instruction (27 hours total; 9 hours per week) in Andean textiles techniques. Residents learn how to use the traditional back-strap loom, including how to assemble it, and basic weaving techniques. Artists join an integral program in which they learn the technique, approach iconography and traditional textile production systems with more resources, and get a better understanding of Peruvian culture.
"Aymara Weaver" by Felipe Guarnan Poma de Ayala, c.1615
Tupa inca tunic tejedora
Uncu, or Inca poncho
 
RESIDENCY DURATION / TIME PERIOD
Terms of 3 weeks, with option to extend for 1 to 9 more weeks as a self-directed Art Production Residency. Dates are not predetermined but are nominated by the applicant.
 
WHAT THIS RESIDENCY INCLUDES
Technique Instruction:
  • 27 hours master instruction (9 hours per week)
Staff Support:
  • Each resident meets weekly with our staff for individualized research assistance/resources, project guidance, and critiques
Accommodation and Meals:
  • Furnished, private bedroom
  • Meals and 24-hour access to stocked kitchen and dining room
  • Wireless Internet
  • Shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers
  • Housekeeping
Studio Workspace and Materials:
  • 24-hour access to large, shared studio with generous natural light
  • Personal workspace with large table
  • Some tools provided
  • Materials and supplies for the instructional course provided
  • Materials and supplies for additional project production not included but available for purchase locally
 
RESIDENCY FEE AND APPLICATION DEADLINES
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for fee and application deadlines for this program.
 
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