Olive Gloria’s textile art in ‘Panahi’

THE Negros Museum is showcasing “Panahi: Visayan Contemporary Textile Art” by Bacolod visual artist Olive Gloria from August 29 until September 30.

The exhibit is a 2016 Individual Grant recipient of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and is focused on promoting Visayan culture and heritage through the creation of new works on contemporary textile art.

Panahi desires to show the importance of the influence of local traditional textile in the development of a community and aims to share more understanding and appreciation of traditional textile in Negros Island and explore the possibility of merging it with contemporary multiple media, methods, and techniques to create new works. It advocates peace and creativity through textile art and encourages community participation for empowerment of various sectors.

Before the exhibit, a two-day workshop was held at the Museo De La Salle Bacolod on August 5 and 6, facilitated by the Grupo Letras Y Figuras, a campus-based visual arts club of the University of Saint La Salle.

The Panahi workshop featured Dr. Norma Respicio, a professor in art studies specializing on the history and aesthetics of traditional art forms, specifically textile, at the University of the Philippines.

Held in partnership with De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, the workshop also touched on Contemporary Approaches to Traditional/Indigenous Textiles by Maria Sharon Mapa; Design Ideation from Traditional to Contemporary by Dean Gerry Torres; and Incorporation of Traditional Textile Design in Contemporary Form by Virmila Alvarez.

The workshop was attended by 30 participants from the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Oisca Training Center in Bago City, Valladolid Loom Weavers Association, Sibato Integrated School in Silay City, and University of Saint La Salle.

Panahi, with the support of NCCA, aims to contribute to establishing culture as a pillar for sustainable development, advance creativity and diversity of artistic expression, and foster a strong sense of nationhood and pride in being Filipino through the promotion of local culture and arts.

It features newly hand-stitched, machine-embroidered, and tie-dyed textile artworks made out of canvas, silk (from Bago City), hablon (from Valladolid), and found objects which the artist incorporated into her works as visual designs together with some images of her previous art projects like her Japanese illustrations.

In this art project, Olive Gloria fuses her practice and experience on Visayan textile as an art and primary medium of her contemporary works, with her love for this local textile as a material of culture, tradition, history, and heritage.

She attempts to raise awareness and appreciation for Visayan woven textiles among the younger generation of the Visayan society. Among her must-see and must-contemplate pieces exhibited in the museum are “Antidote,” “Divergence is Normal,” and “Final Warning.”

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