Arts and Crafts



Arts and Crafts, Work in progress

Oil on wood

187 x 150 cm




In Cantillana, a town in the province of Seville, Manuela “the Singer” embroiders Flemish springs in silk. Her granddaughter, “Loli,” holds the thread, learning from her grandmother how to make the lattice fringe that completes the border of the shawls.


It is the light of Andalusia, the light of Spain.


The images are details of the work taken during its elaboration (not finished yet).




The goal of this project is to highlight the cultural, social, and economic value of Applied Arts and Artistic Professions, as an important part of our rich heritage.


To support and promote these professions with entrepreneurial initiatives will, without a doubt, guarantee in addition to the creation of employment and wealth, the financing and expansion of our customs and practices that distinguish us beyond our borders.


In the most economically oppressed social sectors, a woman’s contribution to household economy has made her into an extraordinary professional, repository, and conveyor of knowledge about some of these beautiful handicrafts that prevail even today.






















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María José Aguilar

María José Aguilar is born in 1964 in the city of Seville, Spain.

From her earliest age she demonstrates artistic inclination and abilities.

She grow up admiring great masters of the History of Painting, especially the Spanish Baroque painters like Murillo, Velázquez, Zurbarán, Valdés Leal ... those that would have a first and great influence on her.

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