Pellizas are a traditional hand woven rag rug from the Dominican Republic. As a part of the Cafe Con Leche Resident Artist program, Gina will be setting up shop in the lobby of The Ace Hotel from August 1st to August 6th - making a Pelliza special for Pittsburgh!
Please stop by The Ace Hotel with your favorite old t-shirt, bed sheet, curtain or other cloth item and learn the traditional was to create them from repurposing old clothes and fabric into a new rug, seat cover or tapestry. This is a participatory art project, we encourage people from all ages and abilities to join Gina as she makes this uniquely Pittsburgh Pelliza!
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - Lobby Bar of The Ace Hotel, 120 S. Whitfield St. Pittsburgh, PA 15206
INTERACTIVE WORK SESSIONS:
Monday, August 1 - 7pm-11pm
Thursday, August 4 - 4:30pm-8:30pm
Friday, August 5 - 2pm-6pm
Saturday, August 6 - 11am-3pm
Ace Hotel Pittsburgh will be accepting donated materials for this residency now until August 2 at the front desk. These fabrics should be simple and easy to rip, including anything from bed sheets to tents and t-shirts.
The history of these Dominican rugs is difficult to trace, but these became noticeable 20-30 years ago. The original Pelliza rugs were made in the past with remnants of clothes, fabric and hand woven on top of plastic sacks. You would find Pellizas decorating the interior of "carros públicos", under horse saddles or in the interior of rural houses. Currently, these are more popular and attract all sectors of society. You can find them decorating government offices, being used in weddings and birthdays.
About Gina Goico
Gina's work focuses on the redefinition of culture, identity and womanhood in the Dominican Republican and its diaspora, and the perceptions and expectations of inhabiting otherness in the United States. From her Santo Domingo roots, Gina has been deeply involved with arts and politics in the Dominican Republican and worked alongside non-profits in making art accessible to youth across NYC. Currently she is involved in #ATABEY, a platform of artists and scholars dedicated to creating a new cultural proposal from/for the Global South, people of color and diaspora. For more information on Gina, please visit her website by clicking here.