Tejiendo la Calle

Valverde de La Vera, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain

2013-now

Tejiendo la Calle is a collaborative project. It consists of using “XXL crochet” to create light structures as sunshades, wich are hung througout the streets of Valverde de La Vera (Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain) during the towns culture week and the local festivities held in the summer. The installation is an expression of the town´s identity as well as an embodiment of the intentions and desires of the people who participate in the project. The light structures welcome visitors to the town and help to create a festive atmosphere. They shade people from the sun during the day and show the 

way to the town´s central square, wich is the main meeting point for people attending the town´s festivities. The pieces are lightweight and waterproof and can be reused year after year. They are mainly made out of repurposed plastic (shopping, packaging), wich are transformed into long strips that can be crocheted. We also use plastic that we acquire with special colors and greater resistance for remarkable pieces. As well as strings (polypropylene clothesline) to hang the parasols of the street balconies. After several uses, we take the damaged and not repairable parasols to recycle.

The project is open to anyone who wants to participate, regardless of their level of experience. Participants knit their pieces individually or in groups. Meetings are held once a month in the town square, where participants share their experiences and techniques, experts teach beginners, and people show each other their works in progress. Each person creates his or her own personal design, which will then form part of the group´s larger work. It is important to recognize the work traditionally done by women. In Tejiendo la Calle, elements linked to the domestic environment are expanded to the public space generating a collective work for the entire community.

Awards:

Finalist at Guiltlessplastic, Ro Plastic Prize 2018, organized by Rossana Orlandi.

Included at European Heritage Days, Extremadura, 2017.

Diseño y Participación Ciudadana | UCCI Award of the Bienal Iberoamericana de Diseño 2016.

Selected in Architectus Omnibus? platform, 2015, orgaziced by Goethe Institut Madrid and Instituto Cervantes.

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Credits

C+ Arquitectas

Idea and direction

Marina Fernández

Team from 3 to 93 years old

Rosa Mª Alonso Castaño, Alba Bishop, Candela Calle Serrano, Sara Cordero Morcuende, Felisa Cañada Tejedor, Julia Casado, Trinidad Díaz Rodelas, Alonso Echevarría Serrano, Andrea Fernández González, Celia Fernández González, Mª Mar Fernández Gudiel, Manuel V. Fernández, Marina Fernández, Yolanda Fernández Trigoso, Ricardo García, Mª Rosa García García, Ana Isabel García García, Candela García Luís, Aurora García Vázquez, Justa García Vallejo, Nemesia González Garro, Mª Belén González San Miguel, Angeles Gonzalez Timón, Mª Juana Gironda Domingo, Pablo Jaramillo García, Kaouthar Lechhe, Mª Jesús Luís Borja, Candela Luís Fernández, Hiba Mekdari, Domingo Monje López, Guadalupe Montero Correas, Nuria de Padua Ariza, Leonardo de Padua, Antonia Pérez Correas, Rocío Ramos Sánchez, Pilar Rodríguez Gallardo, Rosa Salas García, Elisa Salas Cordero, Lorenza Sánchez Alarza, Rosa María Sánchez Moreno, Víctor Seco Tiemblo, Araceli Serrano Martín, Consuelo Sánchez Campos, Remedios, Soledad, Rosario, Purificación

Technical support

Ayuntamiento de Valverde de La Vera

Collaborators

Diputación Provincial de Cáceres 2015; Dirección General de Turismo, Consejería de Economía e Infraestructuras 2018

Photography

Asier Rua, Lucía Fernández, Luis Ragel, Marina Fernández