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Four Cards For Embroidering | Sarah Affonso

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A Vida Portuguesa celebrates Sarah Affonso (1899-1983), a great artist who was a Modernist painter and wondrous embroiderer, an independent woman married to José de Almada Negreiros, and a dedicated and creative mother all at once.

At the request of her granddaughters, Rita and Catarina, and based on the family’s assets, we rediscovered Sarah’s work, and drew inspiration from it to come up with toys, notebooks, books, jewellery and household objects that recreate her world.

This special collection of objects inspired by Sarah Affonso’s life and work was created to celebrate the 120th anniversary of her birth and the two great exhibitions of her oeuvre in Lisbon at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and at the National Museum of Contemporary Art of Chiado, in 2019.

Set contining 4 embroidery cards with drawings of toys or traditional Portuguese folk figures : an ox, a dove, a rooster and a fish - details taken from the picture "The Son's Portrait" that Sarah Affonso painted in celebration of the birth of her first child. These embroidery starter cards are meant to encourage future artists to experiment with needle and thread painting.

Set of 4 different cards printed and laser-punched.

Size of each card: 10 x 15 cm.