23 April 2018
by Kendall Robbins
As part of Fashion Revolution Week, 23 – 29 April 2018, the British Council have commissioned a series of 7 short films profiling the innovative stories of 7 practitioners across the world, including fashion designers, artists, architects and entrepreneurs. The films have been created in the spirit of the grassroots movement, using content produced by the practitioners themselves and directed by Kate Cox and produced by The Smalls.
In this film, Victoria Villsana tells the story of the role that artists can play in activism and of drawing attention to global issues. She describes herself as 'painting with yarn', and as a textile artist a sort of hybrid designer-painter. By highlighting issues, such as sustainability and consumption, her work tries to bring about change.
ABOUT VICTORIA VILLASANA
Victoria Villasana (born 1982 in Guadalajara, Mexico) is a textile artist, interested in cultures & human spirit, looking at how people connect to each other in a fragmented, post-digital world.
After studying design at ITESO University in Mexico, she spent over a decade in London working where she became well known in the street art community for her rebellious femininity and acute cross-cultural imagery.
The dynamism in her work derives from the way the yarn is left uncut, far below the frame like yet untold stories, giving a surreal aesthetic reflecting in the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Using art as a tool to connect with people in a more emotional level to produce an impact for change. Now residing in Mexico, her work is shown in exhibitions and public installations.