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I start this project as a natural path of practice in drawing. In a workshop in Guadalajara, organized by ARTERE-A, Cristian Franco suggested me to go to other formats, techniques, and methods. On a holiday I start intuitively and with no idea of ​​anything to embroider. I met some people who saw me with contempt and even judged me for doing a practice that “exclusive” for women.

On one occasion at the aquarium, a boy approached me and questioned what I was doing. I told him that I was drawing and he cunningly answered that no, that I was embroidering and that for girls. I told him that I didn’t use colored pencils, that I used threads instead. Do you want to try? Ask, NO, I answer the moment he walked away. There began a certain “concern” about the subject. Start using a Hashtag #Bordadomasculino on Instagram to refer to this practice.

During a residence in Maraika, one of the men who did the toughest job in the place saw me during my long moments of coffee and embroidery. On one occasion he was returning from the mountain, loaded with wood on his back and after leaving his load he approached and told me by way of confession that as a child he had embroidered a lot with his mother. That way they support his family.

One day, the artist Mónica Leyva proposes me to do a workshop, where several people meet to learn the technique she uses to perform large format embroidery. For a month, we meet on different days to embroider. For me, it was a great compliment that Leyva had had that gesture before the project.

For six months, we were doing a collaborative embroidery inside the ITESO University, at the invitation of Ángel Urzua in Guadalajara, gathering academics, students and university staff around the embroidery.