Collaborating to Create the
Spaces in Between
Earlier this year, internationally renowned artist Margarita Cabrera embarked on a collaborative fiber art project at Box 13 ArtSpace in Houston, Texas, with a group of nine immigrant workers. Cabrera hired the workers to help her create a soft sculpture series titled Spaces in Between, which is intended to bring attention to the plight of immigrants working and living in America today. Each life-size cactus sculpture is pointedly crafted from repurposed United States border patrol uniforms and embroidered with poignant imagery that tells the story of each worker’s personal border crossing experience using the Tenango de Doria (Hildago,Mexico) regional embroidery style.
You can read more about this politically charged project in our November/December 2010 issue in the article “Manufacturing Interventions” by Gabriel Craig on page 36; an image of a finished Spaces in Between cactus is featured on the cover.
All images were taken in January 2010 during the month-long Spaces in Between project at Box 13 ArtSpace in Houston, Texas. All photos by Amy Weiks.
Margarita Cabrera (back of the room, left) works with a group of immigrant workers to assemble and embroider the series of cacti sculptures.
Each sculpture was crafted from repurposed United States border patrol uniforms and embroidered with personal border crossing experience imagery.
Each textile cactus was modeled after photos of actual desert plant life.
The various lifesize tactile forms featured a wide range of embroidered images, from rustic animal scenes to barbed wire fences.