Feature artwork by Adriana Baltazar

Gozamos talks to Thelma Uranga of El Stich y Bitch/Tejer y Joder. We talk about her background, how Stich y Bitch was founded, it’s mission and why it’s important to pass on tradition to our youth. Check out their upcoming show at ANTENA Gallery this Friday!.

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Opening reception on Friday September 23, 2011 from 6:00pm-10:00pm

Exhibition runs from September 23 to October 22, 2011 at ANTENA Gallery | 1765 S. Laflin St. Chicago

El Stitch y Bitch (SyB) was founded in 2008 as a space for knitters, crocheters and crafters in the Pilsen, Bridgeport and Little Village neighborhoods of Chicago. Currently the group consists of over 20 members, ages 18 and up. Over the years, the group has evolved into a collaborative art group interested in addressing handmade and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) culture. As DIY culture moves into a contemporary state, many members of the group have found themselves astonished and curious by the inheritance of the handmade skill or the need to carry on the tradition in an adapted manner. Tejer y Joder is a compilation of individual SyB members and independent fiber artists, interested in the themes of gender, identity, tradition and memory. http://elstitchybitch.wordpress.com/

Artists: Adriana Baltazar, Krissy Bodge, Julia Chau, Esmeraldo Garcia, Irasema Gonzalez, Erika Hernandez, Claudia Marchan, Naomi Martinez, Victoria Martinez, Jackie Orozco, Jessica Phillips, Elvia Rodriguez-Ochoa, Thelma Uranga

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