Abrazo Entramado or ‘Woven Hug’, is a participatory textile installation that seeks to embrace the city with a pair of textile arms filled with scrap material and covered in designs and fabrics embroidered by the city’s inhabitants. This project invites us to reconnect after the pandemic. Using over 2000 pieces of cloth, recycled by the community of Monterrey, Mexico, a group of over 170 participants succeeded in embroidering the 20 metre long Woven Hug. The piece was exhibited at LABNL, Lab Cultural Ciudadano (Cultural Lab), CONARTE (Arts Council Nuevo León State) between May and October 2022. The piece was exhibited at the gardens of the cultural centre Centro Cultural Plaza Fátima, San Pedro, Nuevo León, Mexico between October 2022 and March 2023.
After the success of Abrazo Entramado, Tere Chad and Cordelia Rizzo have been invited to develop ‘Zurciendo Vacíos’ (Mending Voids) a performative sculpture made with the community through upcycling. The project will be developed in March 2023 in collaboration with Centro Cultural Plaza Fátima, LABNL and Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico. Tere Chad and Cordelia Rizzo will also be presenting Woven Hug 2.0 at Flowerfield Arts Centre, Northern Ireland in the summer of 2023.