Approved: 16.09.2021

Eliana Sanchez-Aldana

Editor, Lecturer / academic, Maker, Researcher, Teacher

Approved: 16.09.2021

Designer, weaver, and feminist from Bogotá. I create spaces of collective creation and material discussion in which textile making is the protagonist. I research-make textiles as particular ways of thinking, as touch technologies that are experienced through the body, transforming who makes them.

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Artist Statement

Designer, weaver, and feminist from Bogotá. I create spaces of collective creation and material discussion in which textile making is the protagonist. I research-make textiles as particular ways of thinking, as touch technologies that are experienced through the body, transforming who makes them.

I studied Design at the National University of Colombia. I hold a Master of Sciences in Textile Management of The Swedish School of Textiles and studies in Design and Textile Art at Aalto University. Currently, I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Human and Social Sciences at the National University of Colombia. My research project is focused on the exploration of textile performances as encounters of human and more-than-human subjects. Reunions in which is made the common and I, as a weaver, (un)make myself.

I work as an associate professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Design of the Universidad de Los Andes. Since August 2022 I am the Regional Editor - Latin America - for TEXTILE: Cloth & Culture.

CV & Education

Education: 

2005. Industrial designer. Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

2013. MSc. Textile Management. Swedish School of Textiles 

0ngoing. PhD. Social and Human Sciences. Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Other studies:

2012. Exchange student at Textile Art and Design. Aalto University

Employment:

Associate Professor. Design Department. Universidad de os Andes. Colombia. 

Regional Editor- Latinamerica. Journal - Textile: Cloth and Culture. Taylor & Francis. England. 

Most recent projects:

Ongoing. Part of the editorial team - Volume 9: Sacred and Ceremonial. Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of World Textiles. Editors: Jannis Jeafries - Vivienne Richmond. England. 

Ongoing. Collaboration. Leading Researcher: Andrea Botero. From the lab and the studio to the garden, the forests and back. Academi of Finland. 

Ongoing. PhD Thesis. Unweaving/weaving absences: textile and human corporealities in textile ecologies that unweave/weave individual and collective subjectivities.

2018-2020: Mending the New: A Framework for Reconciliation Through Testimonial Digital Textiles in the Transition to Post-Conflict Rural Colombia. The project is funded by a UKRI Newton-Colciencias ODA Award 2018-2020 (£524,733) – Grant Reference AH/R013640/1 

Awards:

2020. Artful Integrators Award. (Mention). Mending the New: A Framework for Reconciliation Through Testimonial Digital Textiles in the Transition to Post-Conflict Rural Colombia. 

Publications

2019. ¿Qué son los activismos textiles?: una mirada desde los estudios feministas a catorce casos bogotanos. Athenea Digital: Revista de Pensamiento e Investigación Social. Vol. 19, Núm. 3. ISSN: 15788946

Editorial: Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Servei de Publicacions. https://doi.org/10.5565/rev/athenea.2407

2019. Textile Material Metaphors to Describe Feminist Textile Activisms: From Threading Yarn, to Knitting, to Weaving Politics. Textile-Cloth and Culture . ISSN: 1751-8350. Taylor and Francis Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1080/14759756.2019.1639417

2019. Hacer-se textil: cuestionando la feminización de los oficios textiles. Tabula Rasa. ISSN: 1794-2489. Editorial: Universidad Colegio Mayor de Cundinamarca. https://doi.org/10.25058/20112742.n32.11

2019. Testimonial Digital Textiles: Material metaphors to think with care about reconciliation with four memory sewing circles in Colombia. Proceedings - No 8 (2019): NORDES 2019: WHO CARES. ISSN: 1604-9705 p.1 - 7 v.1 https://archive.nordes.org/index.php/n13/article/view/487 . Finland. 

2019. Capitulo 77. Textiles testimoniales digitales (Colombia). Una charla con Tania Pérez-Bustos y Eliana Sánchez-Aldana. Podcast. Podcast Spotify de la Serie Diseño y diáspora. https://open.spotify.com/episode/3BfkBFjXdGLLXdEJPlxoPh?si=KX17EL47Sw_Ajq__agomkg

2020. How can digital textiles embody testimonies of reconciliation?. Proceedings of the 16th Participatory Design Conference ISBN: 978-1-4503-7700-3. ed: ACM Digital Library. https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3384772.3385137