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The 8th WTA International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art

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World Textile Art is one of the best known contemporary textile organizations in the world.

WTA was founded in 1997 by world-renowned artist Pilar Tobon, with the support of the Latin American Museum of Art in Miami and about 30 artists from different corners of the world. Initially it was called Women in Textile Art and later passed this definition of gender to be called World Textile Art or simply WTA. The organization supports textile artists from all over the world in countless forms. Its main objective is the development and exhibition of this art, through its biennials and special events. It also supports various exhibitions, symposia, seminars, lectures and fairs of this same artistic genre, encouraging not only recognition but also practice. Part of the organization’s great success, it is directly related to the support of the greatest figures of this art in the world, not only for their participation in the events but with their didactic and public relations support, opening the doors of different museums and in several cities at the WTA. Each event continues to be bigger than the previous one and the presence of its honorary members already extends to all contents and to over 75 countries worldwide.

The eighth edition of the WTA International Textile Arts Biennial will take place from 17 September to 3 November 2019 in Madrid, Spain. It is the first world biennial of textile art in Europe.

The WTA Biennials are international exhibitions of contemporary textile art, workshops and cultural events led by the most important icons in the world of textile art. WTA takes place every two years in different parts of the world. The event is organized through a very complex selection process .. Each Biennale attracts some of the most important figures in the world of Fiber Art who meet in seminars, special events, fairs and workshops. Every Biennale has attracted artists from all continents and has left an important mark in each of the cities that hosted the event. Together with all the art and culture shared in each event, the Organization has committed not only funds but also time and other types of resources to help visually impaired people to be part of the wonderful world of textiles. Every Biennale has left an important mark that allows the world of textile art to grow and win the respect of people all over the world.

Contemporary textile art continues to be one of the fastest growing plastic arts and one of the most interesting in the world. The most important galleries in the world, along with museums and other organizations, continue to open their doors to this kind of events because they attract large numbers of people. Floor sculptures, walls and suspended models are just some of the many types of expressions you can find in a textile art exhibition. World Textile Art plays an extremely important role by continuing to support and promote artists from all over the world. The seven Biennials that have been hosted so far, along with dozens of events related to it, will continue to lay the foundations for an even brighter future.


Eighth Biennial: The sustainable city

Finally in Europe! Madrid hosts the 8th International Biennial of WTA Contemporary Textile Art, which will take place from September 17th to November 3rd 2019.

The objectives of the Biennale are:

Strengthen, encourage and promote the artistic manifestation of contemporary Fiber Art at local, national and international levels.

Provide a unique, experiential event that brings together creators and their textile art works with the public.

Create a sensitive audience towards this cultural and artistic event.

Strengthen the bonds of solidarity between artists from all over the world and the local public.

8th International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Arts WTA “The sustainable city” focuses on those artists who choose to express themselves through fibers and textures, reassigning with their own work the very concept of “textile art”, to limit it and make it explode in its multiple connotations of meaning.

Crossing the boundaries and combining the disciplines, the artists participating in the eighth International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Arts WTA, start from the fibers to merge with new technologies and venture into different lines of research, hybridizing research and categories of questions, but keeping the fabric as a concept supplement. Using the concept “Sustainable City” as its main theme.

The eighth WTA Biennale will have as its theme the concept of “Sustainable Cities”, as artists will have the freedom to approach contemporary textile art on a wide variety of options. The sustainable city is built according to ecological, cultural and equality principles.

The “Sustainable City” also manages the good use of natural resources: water, electricity or transport. Create spaces for free time and the culture of integration of its inhabitants by offering social guarantees.

In all this order of things, textile artists can contribute and use textiles as an element of integration, facilitating in many cases these principles as a traditional and innovative element and, on the other, they will be able to develop the work with a great diversity of shapes, techniques and materials.

The 8th International WTA Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art will be organized by the World Textile Art Organization (WTA), together with the ID Art Association, Innovation and Art Development.

The general management will be responsible for Maria Ortega and her executive director of Amalia Campos.

Within the VIII Biennale, a cultural meeting will be offered, which includes workshops, specialized conferences, artist meetings, parallel exhibitions, guided tours and cultural tours.


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Emanuela D'Amico

English version Mi sono avvicinata al quilting nel 1992, da allora ho frequentato diversi corsi in Italia e negli USA per approfondire le tecniche del patchwork, passando dai disegni tradizionali o geometrici alle tecniche artistiche con cui posso esprimere la mia creatività. Insegno le tecniche base e avanzate dal 1998. Ho fondato la Scuola Romana Quilting nel 2015: e dal 2014 organizzo a Roma la mostra di ArtQuilting: ArteMorbida. A partire dal 2018, con la collaborazione di Maria Rosaria Roseo e altre colleghe/amiche abbiamo iniziato la pubblicazione di ArteMorbida Textile Arts Magazine. Oggi ArteMorbida è anche, finalmente, una rivista cartacea. Parola d’ordine: Divulgazione!