Atelier ’89 presents 2 workshops for the month of March

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ORANJESTAD — Ateliers ’89 Academia di Bellas Artes Aruba presents 2 workshops for the month of March. The invited international guests are Lyubov Matyunina from Russia who will be presenting the workshop “Carpetologia” and also from Italy Margherita Soldati who will be presenting the workshop called Cuanto Plastic”. The workshops will take place ta Atelier ’89 located at Dominicanessenstraat 34, Oranjestad.

‘What a plastic!’ by Margherita Soldati

This will take place from March 18th till April 11th.

During the four weeks of the workshop, you will create a tactile sculpture by using only plastic waste collected from Aruba. By mixing colors and shapes, trying different building techniques and by manipulating the plastic you will end up with a tactile 3D object. Throughout the workshop, you will also reflect on the value of touch and tactility in art and architecture, so that the final sculpture will not only meant to be looked at but also be touched. On the opening night of April 11th you will exhibit your sculpture in a group show!


Margherita Soldati (1991, IT) graduated last summer at Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Now she runs her artist practice in Amsterdam. At the moment she is represented by Mediamatic in Amsterdam and she is exhibiting at Museum Jan Cunen in Oss. On the side, she is teaching workshops in a textile school called diytextileschool. Before graduating from Gerrit Rietveld Academie Margherita also graduated from Industrial Design in Turin, she worked together with Maurizio Montalti at Officinal Corpuscoli, with Mediamatic, Waag Society, De Appel and with a few more Dutch institutions. She exhibited her works in Holland, Italy and Germany. She also worked for over a year as event manager ’t Fijnhout a cultural centre in Amsterdam where art, music, and theatre were being staged.

‘Carpetologia’ a workshop by Russian artist Lyubov Matyunina

This will also take place from March 18th till April 11th.

In this workshop you will make carpets with different materials that have to do with nature, architecture, folk stories, myth and legends of Aruba. Since Aruba has mystical background and the art of storytelling is quite visible. You will have to collect the stories and the fairy tales of the land and visualize them into the carpets.

Theme: Fairy tales/folk tales of Caribbean, myth and fantasies.

Goal: To visualize folklore heritage and translate stories into carpets.

Technique: Patchwork, embroidery, application, stamps/printing, linocut, painting and photography.

Workshop plan:

week 1: Introduction; collecting stories/ fairy tales and myth.

week 2: Visualisation of the stories. Trying out different techniques.

week 3: Creating the carpets. Composition, colors, storytelling through the carpet.

week 4: Finalizing of the carpets, installation of results.


Lyubov Matyunina (1985, Russia) holds a BA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam where she studied at the VAV- moving image department. She previously visited courses “World politics” at Gotland University, Sweden, and at International State University Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, in Moscow. She holds a MA Journalistic from the Russian State University.  Since 2012 the artist has been a guest artist at One Minutes Junior in Baku (Azerbaijan), Bishkek (Kyrgystan) and Tashkent (Uzbekistan) and several other countries. Her solo show Carpetologia was presented at W139, Polar room in Amsterdam (2017). Her film “Who can be happy and free?” was very successful and won the TENT Academy Public Choice Award in Rotterdam (2014) and was part of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2015).

She participated at group exhibitions and festivals in Moscow, Warsaw (2014) and Stuttgart ( 2017), and she exhibited at Prospects & Concepts, the exhibition of the Mondriaan Fund for young talents at ART Rotterdam (2018).

For more information send an email at or call 565-4613.q