Swamavoku by Tomás Melisse, Manuela Fache, Ivone Mahumana, Josefa Fache and Boaventura Machavel
The Swamavoku ("handmade") project aims to promote crafts as a vehicle for self-employment for women and young people, encouraging them to develop creative ideas and promote knowledge. This project also intends to generate job opportunities through textile design. The training of young people in the development of handmade textiles, followed by the placement of textiles in artisanal handicraft markets and the reinforcement of community income generation are guiding lines for this project. It should also be noted that the promoters of this project carry out regular training with inmates from Cadeia Central in dyeing, painting and stamping techniques of fabrics and shirts and promote free weekly dyeing classes for children. Under the Swamavoku project, handicraft fairs are also organized in the Mozarte space (centro de recurso juvenil).
The "Handmade" exhibition will be open to the public on Saturday, December 9, from 10h00 a.m. to 15h00 and will feature the techniques of the pieces exhibited by the designers participating in this initiative.
Tomás Melisse was born in Maputo. He is a textile designer, set designer, costume designer, plastic artist and craftsman. He finished the textile course at the National School of Visual Arts (ENAV) in 1990. He attended Danhiko School in Zimbabwe in 1993 and Pact Theater in South Africa in 1995. He has participated in several international workshops. He is currently a handicraft consultant at Mozarte and the Manga youth center in Beira, Dondo and Nhamatanda. He is a decorative design monitor in the associations AVIMAS E MUCHEFA. He is also the producer of scenarios and costumes for African games and mascot [cojito].
Manuela Fache was born in Maputo. She is a textile designer in weaving and tapestry. She has participated in workshops and laboratories of textile arts in training, with Brazilian technicians, at Mozarte, in a project of training of trainers for young people with talents, financed by UNESCO. Participated in several exhibitions in Mozambique and outside the country.
Ivone Mahumana is a textile artisan specializing in embroidery and upholstery. Influenced by her parents, she was always linked to arts and culture. Passionate especially for children education, adolescent, youth and women. She created in 1977 the children's youth group Escolinha Vamos Brincar in bairro de aeroporto. She is also a poet and writer.
Josefa Fache was born in Maputo. He is a textile designer in weaving and tapestry. He has participated in workshops and laboratories of the textile arts in training, with Brazilian technicians, in Mozarte, in a project of training of trainers for young people with talents, financed by UNESCO. Participated in several exhibitions, inside and outside the country.
Boaventura Machavel is a senior visual arts technician. He is a textile designer, set designer, costume designer and plastic artist. BA in Arts and Culture at ISArC. He has participated in training sessions in Denmark, South Africa, Zimbabwe and the United States of America. Costume Designer on short and feature-length Mozambican films.
Date and Time: Wednesday, December 6 to Friday, December 15 2017 at 11h00 am and 18h00 (Opens on Saturday December 9)
Address: Camões-Centro Cultural Português, Av. Julius Nyerere no. 720, Maputo