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92 participants in STITCH Multiplier Event in Prato, Italy

On May 19th, The Fashion Talk and Workshop: “Tessuti e Abiti Tradizionali: Memoria e Risorsa Creativa” at Museo del Tessuto in Prato Italy, with the objective of disseminating project results to the local public. 92 participants, specially young students took part in the talks and workshops. The event was a success in both the audience that was reached (young students) and the overall great interest and participation on the thematic of the STITCH project and its results.

STITCH documentary nominated to Simón Aragonese Film Awards

The Aragonese Film Academy (ACA) announces a new edition of the Simón Aragonese Film Awards, its XI Edition, in recognition of Aragonese films and  professionals who have participated in different audiovisual works released during the year 2021.

Among the nominees this year is the documentary “Ansó: rasmia, funcias y muita historia” by Isabel Aparicio made as part of the Erasmus+ project STITCH. Besides the nomination for best documentary, the documentary has recieved a nomination for “Best Costume” a nomination to the A Cadiera Association which is a big step in the recognition and dissemination of the work and conservation they do of the Traditional Dress of Ansó.

The awards gala will be held on June 25 at the Palacio de Congresos in Huesca at 8 pm

The full documentary is available in the STITCH official YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAkHxuphzSY

Above: The official Documentary poster 

Below: Images of the documentary’s making of. 

 

STITCH project in local Prato Newspaper

STITCH project in local Prato Newspaper regarding the presentation of the project at the EFHA Conference.

Text translation:

“The high craftsmanship can be a qualitative and creative revival for for contemporary fashion. This is with the preservation of products and techniques but also with the transmission of intangible values such as knowledge and professionalism connected to trades and techniques at risk of extinction. This is the theme on which many experts and experts and insiders at an international level international level, during an important online conference organized by the European Fashion Heritage Association in collaboration with the Textile Museum Textile Museum and the Department of Architecture of the University of Florence. 

The Prato Museum participated with an intervention on the theme ancient heritage as a source of inspiration for young designers in the textile and clothing sector, illustrating the actions that is carrying out within the European project “STITCH – Safeguarding and Teaching Intangible Textile Culture Heritage” of which it is a partner: 

Enhancing the traditional dress of some areas of Spain, Albania and Hungary through innovative digital tools in order to preserve the memory and promote its creative use (www.stitchproject.eu). Today the Association counts more than of 40 institutions and private groups united in the objective of sharing their own heritage of clothing accessories, fabrics, sketches, photographs, etc., and to give them free access. It has become a leading international hub leader for the management of European digitized heritage and for the management of metadata and integrated digital platforms where archives, museums, libraries brands, researchers and creatives can share experiences and good practices in the field of digitization, online access and valorization of fashion heritage, contributing to the digital transformation in the sector.”

HAC_R students begin with STITCH learning programme

The first day of classes of the Stitch learning programme with teacher Fermín Castillo, they have successfully registered for the course on our STITCH platform 

23 students from HAC_R BA Design studies have signed up and are taking the STITCH learning programme.

First Prize in the IV Aragonese Young Creators to Enrique Carrera's "Trasunto", a project supported by STITCH

 

The gala for the IV Prize for Aragonese Young Creators 2021 -organized by the Instituto Aragonés de la Juventud and the Government of Aragón-, was held on 15th December. Enrique Carrera received the First Prize for his collection ‘Trasunto’. The collection is a re-interpretation of the Ansó Traditonal Dresses. Enrique’s collection was brought to life thanks to the funding of the Ansó Town Council and the support and encouragement from the STITCH team at HAC_R.

The Councilor for Citizenship and Social Rights stressed the importance of this call, which is “an opportunity for artists and researchers who are now recognized figures” and which “fosters creativity and innovation”.

 

A big congratulations to Enrique (HAC_R alumni) for this great accomplishment!  

 

Below, the first time back in March 2021 when the STITCH team presented Enrque to the Town Council members in Ansó. On this day, Enrique explained in detail his project to the Ansó representatives and they agreed to contribute in the financing of Enrique’s collection.

 
Below, images from 15 December 2021, when Enrique recieved the prize for this collection and the link to the complete Gala ceremony click HERE

 

 

The refinement of tradition: A visit to the National Ethnographic Museum of Berat, Albania

A visit to the National Ethnographic Museum of Berat was added to the numerous activities of the students of the Department of Art Design during these end-of-year holidays. Detailed explanations of the weaving and craftsmanship of the structure, sewing of traditional costumes, decorations, shown with so much passion and love by the curator of this Museum, Gladiola Caka, attracted the attention of the students. The richness and variety of ceremonial civilian clothes, as well as those of everyday life of women or men used in the city of Berat and in the province of Myzeqe 100 – 200 years ago, have been closely appreciated by the students who have had the opportunity to be part of this activity supported by the STITCH Project and the Albanian University.

The director of the Museum, the artist Agron Polovina, briefly recounted the great effort of this museum in the collection and conservation of these rare objects, as well as the promotion of the culture of Berat, which every year is enriched with new elements from the same old inhabitants of this City of “one on one windows”. 

During this visit the students were accompanied by the archaeologist Dritan Çoku, who as a guide to the roots of this Museum City revealed one by one the “secrets” of the two dominant cultures, Eastern and Western; objects of worship built side by side, as a testimony to the tradition of religious harmony in our country.

Berat, as a city on the UNESCO World Heritage List, always surprises you with the wonderful discoveries it brings every time you visit it.

Let these illustrative photos be your greeting cards for a healthy, auspicious and successful New Year!

Around 45 attendees at the screening of "ANSÓ: RASMIA, FUNCIAS Y MUITA HISTORIA" at Centro de Historias Zaragoza

On Thursday, November 25 2021, the documentary “ANSÓ: RASMIA, FUNCIAS Y MUITA HISTORIA” directed by HAC_R audiovisual media teacher, Isabel Aparicio, was screened at the Centro de Historias de Zaragoza with about 45 attendees.  
The film is an approach to the experiences and history around the traditional dresses from Ansó, a source of inspiration for artists such as writers, painters, photographers, filmmakers and fashion designers. 

This work is one of the pieces that make up the STITCH project.

Isabel Aparicio, film director, presenting the documentary and sharing behind the scenes anecdotes with the attendees. 

Ansó Town Council and Municipal Wardrobe Association visit the exhibition "Ansó y sus trajes Tradición e Inspiración"

On 16th December Ansó Town Council members and women from the Municipal Wardrobe Association visit the exhibition.

 

STITCH Project mentioned in the introduction of the book "Ansó: El Traje Popular"

HAC_R attends the presentation of the book: “Ansó: El Traje Popular” written by Elena Gusano and Dabi Latas. Elena Gusano has greatly contributed in the STITCH project and she has personally mentioned it in the introduction to her book and in her intervention in the STITCH documentary.

 

STITCH presented at the 2021 European Fashion Heritage Association symposium.

 

Laura Fiesoli, from Museo del Tessuto di Prato, presented  the STITCH project on 10 December 2021 at the EFHA International Symposium, titled “Crafting Heritage” focused on exploring how fashion and its products – textiles, accessories and clothes – can inform a better understanding of the relationship between craftsmanship and heritage. Laura in her presentation titled 𝘌𝘶𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘮𝘦𝘴: 𝘦𝘯𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 “𝘚𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘤𝘩” 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵  gave all the details regading the project and its sincere search and aim to reach younger generations and involve education in crafts and heritage.

The symposium presented experiences in researching and establishing methodologies to preserve fashion objects and the knowledge they bear in their materiality; special collaborative projects related to the collection and study of tangible and intangible heritage; craft as “language” of activism, updating – through digital technologies – past making processes.

Laura’s presentation has been a great opportunity to widen the dissemination of the STITCH project results and transmit the great value of education and innovation in the preservation of textile heritage to the more than 300 registered participants.

The videos are now available on the EFHA vimeo page, below is the round table where Laura participated:

The symposium considers fashion as starting point to reflect on human and environmental sustainability, abiding by the agenda of NEB – New European Bauhaus, of which EFHA is official partner.

More information >

On behalf of Museo del Tessuto, a press release was sent, it can be found below:

Behind the scenes of the Tura/Palóc Film by MOME

Student Competition at Albanian University
The photo-collages show the activities implemented with student during the month of December.
 
The presentation and selection of the best works of the students of the Department of Art Design continues, inspired and based on elements of our cultural heritage.
The Competition was initiated by the STITCH project – Safeguarding and Teaching Intangible Textile Cultural Heritage, in collaboration with the Department of Art Design and the Albanian University Career and Alumni Office. The variety of authentic elements, styled with finesse, shows the originality of these works, but also makes it pretty difficult to select the winner by the commission led by the Coordinator of this project at the University Prof. Assoc. Dr. Manuela Meçe.
 
The best works, judged with transparency by the participants of this Competition will be evaluated by international specialists in the field.
 
The competition continues
 

Student creation, culture heritage, education, higher education

 
Student visit to the Exhibition: "Ansó y sus trajes Tradición e Inspiración"

On Nov. 27th, students from all courses visit the exhibition with professors Fermin Castillo (Exhibition Coordinator), Marino Martinez and Isabel Aparicio. The group of students was also accompanied by Carmelo Esteban, a photographer who’s work documenting the Ansó dress was part of the exhibition and has greatly collaborated with the STITCH project as well. 

Behind the scenes of Ansó film by HAC_R (filming in Ansó)

Behind the scenes of the Ansó film by HAC_R (filming in Madrid)

HAC_R travelled to Madrid to film the specialists of Museo Sorolla, Museo del Traje – CIPE and Museo de Artes y Tradiciones Populares on 28th June 2021. Covadonga Pitarch from Museo Sorolla and Concha Herranz from Museo del Traje collaborated with the STITCH project giving their testimonials as specialists in the field of the Ansó Dress in each of their collections. On another hand, Elena Gusano,  specialist in Aragonese traditional clothing, was filmed commenting the Ansó Women’s Festive Dress at the Museo de Artes y Tradiciones Populares, where the Dress was featured as dress of the month the following month of July 2021.

Their complete testimonials will be available on our YouTube Channel: STITCH YOUTUBE

MUSEO SOROLLA:

MUSEO DEL TRAJE-CIPE:

MUSEO DE ARTES Y TRADICIONES POPULARES:

Exhibition "Ansó y sus trajes: tradición e inspiración" organized by STITCH together with Museo de Zaragoza

One specific collaboration has taken place with Museo de Zaragoza. STITCH project has been presented in an exhibition organized together by Museo de Zaragoza, STITCH project and Hacer Creativo titled “Ansó y sus trajes: tradición e inspiración” .

Museo de Zaragoza contacted Hacer Creativo as they would be re-opening their Ehtnological Section that happens to be a recreation of a home from Ansó, and were looking for content for their Temporary exhibition space.

The idea behind STITCH and the project itself has been presented in this space in an ongoing exhibition. For its inauguration, a press conference was held with the participation of Victor Lucea, General Director of Culture of the Government of Aragon, Isidro Aguilera, Director of the Museum of Zaragoza, and representation for STITCH project and Hacer Creativo with Juan Benito (HAC_R director) and Fermin Castillo (Exhibition Coordinator) . In his intervention, Víctor Lucea, from the Government of Aragón stressed that this exhibition “highlights the innovative nature of culture”.

Exhibition Inauguration. September 24, 2021.  Víctor Lucea, from the Government of Aragón stressed that it: “highlights the innovative nature of culture”.

 

Informative panels from the exhibition:

Photographs from the exhibition:

 

 

HAC_R Student paints an artwork for the exhibition "Ansó y sus trajes Tradición e Inspiración"

Student Alba García from second year of HAC_R’s Fashion Design BA has painted the artwork titled “Ansotana” with mixed techniques. 

The incredible painting is shown below, it integrates many elements behind the conception of the STITCH project and Erasmus+ in general: innovation, creativity, inclusion, respect for tradition and cultural richness.

Albanian University runway with Design Students

Fashion Show at a Hotel in Tirania took place on 1st September 2021 as an activity with design Students from Albanian University who learned about the dress the Traditional Mirdita Costume and learned about the details and the craft value of each of the pieces that makeup the dress  as an activity for the STITCH project. The students selected the pieces that most inspired them for the catwalk.

 

Premiere of the STITCH film "ANSÓ: RASMIA, FUNCIAS Y MUITA HISTORIA" at the 50th Anniversary celebrations of Ansó Traditional Dress Day

The good relationship with the Town Council of Ansó led STITCH to collaborate with the Ansó Traditional Dress Week 2021, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Ansó Traditional Dress Day (which was in 2020, but due to the pandemic there was no celebration). For this occasion, the STITCH team of Hacer Creativo collaborated with the presentation of the film/documentary “Ansó: Rasmia, Funcias y Muita Historia”. A first version of the film  for the STITCH Project in which many of the people of the town had collaborated. There could not be a better time for a first preview of the documentary, this festivity is of imperative importance for the people of Ansó, speeding up the work to make it on time for a “premiere” partly was a way of thanking them for their open collaboration with the STITCH project.

Isabel Aparicio (film director), Roberta Bueso and Juan Benito from Hacer Creativo and Monste Castán, Mayor of Ansó at the premiere presentation in the Town of Ansó.