'Warp and Weft', Aimée Zito Lema and Elisa van Joolen
'Warp and Weft' - a children’s workshop by Aimée Zito Lema and Elisa van Joolen
"We learn to be together before we learn how to stand apart."
On Sunday 9 February, artist Aimée Zito Lema organizes the textile workshop 'Warp and Weft' in collaboration with artist/fashion researcher Elise van Joolen. The workshop takes place at the empty textile factory De Ploeg in Bergeijk, a grand modernist building, designed by Gerrit Rietveld and built in 1958 as a home for textile cooperative De Ploeg. De Ploeg is famous for its colorful household textiles and home furnishings. Run collectively by the textile workers since its inception, the factory was taken over by an investment group in 1991 and closed its doors in 2007.
Stemming from the artist's continued interest in labour conditions, cooperative ways of living and working as well as in Rietveld's work and legacy, Zito Lema questions how social utopian vision from the 1960s and 1970s can be reignited and learned from today. The De Ploeg factory, with its high glass walls, views of greenery, and open space plan once more provides a fertile ground for a new, temporary and young cooperative. In a daylong workshop, a group of around 20 children will put their social, cooperative skills to the test while playfully turning old clothes into new potential fabrics. 'Warp and Weft' therefore not only refers to the weaving movement of yarn or thread but also of interconnecting skills and relations, creating both a physical and mental tapestry.
'Warp and Weft' is part of 'Body at Work', a long-term project for Casco by artist Aimée Zito Lema, who is Casco’s current Artist at Work, following in the footsteps of artist Christian Nyampeta.
The workshop is a closed event. Documentation will soon be shared on this website as well as on the special workshop Tumblr account. 'Body at Work' is presented as part of 'New Habits', the research exhibition that celebrates the opening of Casco’s new premises on 1 May 2014 at Lange Nieuwstraat 7, Utrecht. Furthermore, in March and April, leading up to 'New Habits', Aimée Zito Lema will host a series of gatherings at the Casco Storefront as Artist at Work, affiliated with (Un)usual Business, Casco's long-term research project with Kritische Studenten Utrecht exploring "community economies".