This is the outburst of many elderly women who, in the day centers, or in the quiet private deprivation of their homes, continue around mercerized lines, cotton and crochet and knitting needles, patchwork and sewing machines, "To" take the risks ", to copy" samples "and" drawings "to the naperons, bedspreads, bibs, the little ones, or the beautiful sheets with lace inserts and embroidery, embellished with the shades and dots fantasy, simple sieves, fantasy or shackle stitches.
It was around lace and embroidery, sewing machines and household looms, that knowledge passed from generation to generation, that the family stories survived, that the legends and the melodies of youth were echoed. The arts and crafts of women have always been more than a financial supplement to support families. They were a way of life, survival, comfort, friendship, escape from misery, abuse and loneliness. They allow and allow access to a space of their own, to the privacy of feelings, to the reconstitution of realities and to the benefits of a meditative time. "Says curator and artisan, Humberto Araújo.
For this, "the disappearance and destruction of these artifacts is an attack on forms of exceptional life, sacred spaces, which are also part of the culture of the younger generations lusocanadianas because these spaces are based many of the roots of our culture."
To as well as being forms of art to be preserved, "are at the same time testimonies of life forms that, despite hiding negative aspects of our identity, such as perpetual illiteracy, gender inequalities and poverty, are nevertheless unique experiences, which we must not forget. "
In this sense, the curator is preparing a photographic exhibition, which has the support of the Portuguese Pioneers Gallery and the Regional Direction of the Communities of the Azores, which will try to portray the love and commitment of the elderly in these works, no interest in its preservation, on the part of many families and the community as a whole.
"I am photographing old women, in different day centers in Montreal and Toronto, for this exhibition. The photos are then recreated, using some traditional techniques. In addition to the photographic exhibition, we also want to bring together the works of the older, more significant of the different techniques used, for a wider exhibition, to be held in the spring of 2018. "
With this partnership, the Portuguese Pioneers Gallery intends to help keep the memory of these pioneers, and launches the challenge for all the elderly and families, "to contact us in order to make an inventory of the techniques used, and collect pieces for this exhibition. "

By Humberta Araújo

via Milenio Stadium 

Gallery of Portuguese Pioneers