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Athena Gronti www.athenagronti.com

Poems Made of Softness

By 29-09-2019

Athena Gronti: “The apron is a simple, utilitarian, yet powerful garment with a loaded history. Since 2500 BC, it has accompanied women throughout most of their history, close to their bodies, hugging them tight around the waist. It has been there to protect them from dirt, or to present them in a certain way to the world. The apron has symbolized both oppression and empowerment over the years.”

“In a society where women still haven’t gained equality and still struggle with gender related problems, I give aprons voices to speak of our contemporary female realities. What does it mean to be a woman in present society? Inspired by a discussion event with women aged from twenty to fifty years, I created this series of aprons, where each apron answers part of this question.”

“Textiles have historically and traditionally been a medium for women to express themselves by practicing their creativity, but have also been used to protest and fight for their rights, similar to fashion. By using textiles in the form of aprons, I acknowledge this tradition and pay homage to it by proudly continuing it.”