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Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Dr Lorna Dillon is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. Her research focus is Latin American textile art. This current project explores the link between art and human rights through the critical lens of transnational art movements and diasporas. The project is entitled 'The Symbolic in Processes of Transitional Justice: Textile Art in Latin America'. Lorna is looking at embroideries, quilts and arpilleras (appliqués) created by artists and art collectives in Colombia, Mexico and Chile. Lorna's doctoral research was on the embroideries, papier-mâché sculptures and oil paintings created by the Chilean artist Violeta Parra and this led to two books, the edited volume Violeta Parra: Life and Work (Tamesis, 2017) and the monograph Violeta Parra's Visual Art: Painted Songs (Palgrave, 2020). Lorna's work confronts the  exclusionary biases in the art world, particularly with regard to craft work, participatory textile art movements and the art of the Global South.

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Arpillerista and Specialist in Arpilleras

Erika Silva is the director of the textile art collective Memorarte and a Lecturer in the school of Medicine at the Universidad de Valparaíso. She is an expert in Chilean arpilleras. She has a Masters degree in Government and Public Management from the University of Chile, a degree in Teaching and Education and a diploma in Gerontology from the from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She also has a diploma in project management and evaluation in ICT projects.  She is also the creator of the project La Belleza Diversa.



Head of the Art and Humanities Department at Universidad Icesi

Knitter, maker, mother, writer, feminist and educator. Margarita is interested in the relation between textiles, needlework, pedagogy and memory. She focuses on participatory art'based methods and collaborative textile'making where making is explored as a form of documenting. She leads textile seminars called El costurero (The Sewing Box) and feminist pedagogy seminars. She is the Head of the Art and Humanities Department at the Universidad Icesi in Cali, Colombia. She is also the editor'in'chief of the journal papel de colgadura



Lecturer in Design Education

Rose creates installations using furniture and soft furnishings to recreate a traditional Caribbean front room. She then carries out participatory craft workshops in these installations. In one of her recent projects Windrush Arrival 1948 people were encouraged to fill in landing forms, which were then shredded. Participants then wove the shreds of their landing card back together.




Isabel created the Colombian Archive of Testimonial Textiles. The archive is a digital repository of textiles by groups such as the Tejedoras por la memoria de Sonsón; Tejedoras de Mampuján: Tejiendo sueños y sabores de paz; Las Tejedoras de sueños y sabores de paz de Mampujan; Los grupos de artesanías Artesanías Guayacán Bojayá Chocó; Los costureros tejido, memoria y salud mental de Argelia; Nariño Medellín; and the Madres de la Candelaria línea fundadora. Many of the testimonial textiles created by these groups play an important role in building peace in Colombia. Isabel works at the Universidad de Antioquia. 




Juana Alicia Ruíz is the coordinator of Mujeres Tejiendo Sueños y Sabores de Paz, also known as the Tejedoras de Mampuján. The women live in Colombia and won the Colombian Peace Prize in 2015.



Feminist Scholar

Tania is a feminist scholar working on technologies and knowledge dialogues. She currently focuses on handmade textiles as technologies of knowledge and care. She is the founder of the collective Artesanal Tecnológica and works at the School of Gender Studies at the National University of Colombia. She is interested in transdisciplinary work from which to explore methodologies that enable transformative research and pedagogies.

Tania´s personal website in Spanish

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Mariela is an electronic artist, and her works include interactive installations, video installations, net art, interventions in public spaces, video-sculptures, and robotic installations. Together with Marlin Velasco, Mariela formed an artistic collective called BORDES. It is part of the research group “Geopoética subalternas” (UNTREF).
Her works have been awarded prestigious prizes —such as the First Prize in BEEP_Art (Barcelona) in 2003, the First Prize at the National Salon of Visual Arts 2005, in the “New Supports” category, the Third Prize in the Transition MX Festival, the First Prize in Museum of Modern Art and Telefonica Prize 2004— and exhibited in various festivals and exhibitions around the globe.

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Feminist Scholar

Carmen Mardónez studied History and Arts in the Catholic University of Chile and a masters degree in Community Psychology at the University of Chile. She has participated in classes and workshops on Art Therapy, contemporary embroidery and traditional knitting on horse hair. She has also volunteered for different initiatives in support of incarcerated women. She lives in Los Angeles, California. 

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Mariana is a documentary film-maker. She is currently developing her third feature film The Return of the Butterflies, which addresses the theme of forced disappearance in Michoacán, Mexico. She has a PhD in Anthropological Sciences from the UAM-I qualified as a teacher in Visual Anthropology at FLACSO-Ecuador. She is currently a researcher in Ethnology and Social Anthropology at INAH. 

In 2018 her doctoral thesis was awarded second place in the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Thesis Contest convened by the National Institute of Women (INMUJERES).



Co-founder and board member of

International Women's Museum

Gaby is the co-founder of Women in One World Museum. She has curated a multitude of exhibitions and books on women’s everyday lives, photography and popular art.

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Co-founder Fuentes Rojas

Tania is a graphic designer and an artist. She co-founded the collective Fuentes Rojas. Her work aims to build new ways for people to relate to one another. It is related to four types of action: interventions in the public space using the plastic arts; peacebuilding using textiles to activate memory; work with children's communities and the development of international collaborative projects.

Her work has been exhibited in a different venues in Mexico and overseas. It is held in the collections of the University Museum of Contemporary Art (MuAC); the Casa de la Memoria in Rosario, Argentina and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. 

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Postdoctoral Researcher, King's College London

Postdoctoral researcher at King's College, University of London. I finished my PhD in sociology at Goldsmiths University. I completed my MA in musicology at Universidad de Chile and my undergraduate studies in sociology at Universidad Católica de Chile. My areas of interest are sociological theory, cultural studies, qualitative methodologies, arts and music, memory and performance studies, migration, education. During the last four years, I have researched on processes of transmission of memory, knowledge and identities taking as case study a contemporary Welsh festival inspired by Chilean artist Víctor Jara.



PhD Candidate, ENAH Mexico

Colombian researcher with a degree in Anthropology and History from the National University of Colombia, a master's and doctorate in History and Ethnohistory from ENAH Mexico. My recent research revolves around the relationship of memory with textile practices, in indigenous contexts and violence in Latin America. Weaver, member of the the sewing groups Mujeres Haciendo Memoria, Costurero Kilómetros de Vida in Colombia and the collective Fuentes Rojas in Mexico. 

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