Manos Que Tejen/ Hands That Weave
Works by Maria Emma Fernandez
November 11 - Decemeber 17
Central Florida artist Maria Emma Fernandez's story is indeed a fascinating testament to the intersection of traditional Colombian textile arts and a global perspective gained through formal education. Her upbringing on a farm in the central highlands of Colombia instilled in her the deep-rooted skills of weaving and dyeing with natural products, passed down through generations. These techniques are not only a testament to her cultural heritage but also a sustainable and environmentally conscious approach to art.
The use of locally sourced materials such as wool from farm-raised sheep and dyes extracted from everyday products like onions, carrots, and coffee not only speaks to her connection to traditional techniques but also her commitment to preserving and showcasing Colombian culture. These natural dyes provided her with a wide spectrum of vibrant colors, making her tapestries truly unique.
Maria's pursuit of education in England, particularly studying English at the Hammersmith & West London College, exemplified her determination to broaden her horizons and gain exposure to the global art scene. Her visits to museums, galleries, and studios across Europe exposed her to diverse artistic perspectives and the use of color by renowned artists, which enriched her own artistic vision.
Returning to Colombia and furthering her education in art and textiles at the UNITEC Institute of Art allowed her to deepen her skills and knowledge. Her academic journey culminating in a Master's degree in Colombian History provided her with a unique blend of practical expertise in traditional textile arts and a deep understanding of Colombian culture and history. This fusion of skills and knowledge has had a profound impact on her art.
Maria Emma Fernandez's story highlights the power of cross-cultural exposure and formal education in enriching one's artistic journey. Her ability to merge her traditional Colombian roots with a global perspective has allowed her to create art that is not only visually stunning but also culturally rich and deeply meaningful.
Free artist reception on Saturday, November 11 from 2 pm to 5 pm. For more information contact Marilyn@osceolaarts.org .