Ioulia Akhmadeeva, “Libro de botones / Book of Buttons”

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Book closed

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First page with title

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Interior of book, the page of doll story

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Interior of book, the page of orphanage story

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Interior of book, the page of War love story

 


 
Ioulia Akhmadeeva (Morelia, Michoacana, México)
ioulia-akhmadeeva.net

Libro de botones / Book of Buttons
2015
Lithograph on cotton paper in codex form with pop-up details and watercolor hand painting. The binding with envelope in linen a embroidery, by author with buttons of family¨s collection. Text handwritten in english and spanish by author.
P/A, signed by the author
12 pages
Dimensions (open): 37 x 59 x 3 cm

The Book of Buttons is about some moments in the life of Antonina Sidorova (1924-2013), artist’s grandmother. Each page is a story told by Antonina to the artist. About how at the age of five a horse took her in the woods. About how she sewed her first garment destroying a new dress and hair styled her rag doll with her own recently styled hair. Difficulties at an orphanage in Leningrad with Spanish children, while her mother was imprisoned in 1938. Her marriage at age of 17 with captain Vasily Voloshin, in the first year of the Patriotic War against German fascism in 1941. About when she went with her husband to live in the Far East of the USSR and helped the Army of the Soviet front sewing military coats. The book ends with the birth of her eldest daughter Valentina, mother of the artist. The button is a conductive element in the lives of the Voloshiny women, just because Antonina was a wonderful seamstress. The fabrics that are presented on the pages are pieces of clothing made by her and her daughter.

El Libro de botones cuenta momentos de la vida de Antonina Sidorova (1924-2013), abuela de la autora. Cada página es una historia contada por Antonina a la autora. Desde cómo a sus 5 años un caballo la llevó al bosque. Cómo cosió su primera prenda destruyendo un vestido nuevo y cómo hizo un peinado de su melena recién cortada a su muñeca de trapo. De Los meses difíciles en un orfanato en Leningrado con niños españoles, mientras su madre estaba en la cárcel en 1938. De su matrimonio a los 17 años con el capitán Vasily Voloshin, en el primer año de la Guerra Patria contra el fascismo alemán en 1941; de cuando se fue con su esposo a vivir al Extremo Oriente de la URSS y ayudó a la armada del frente soviético cosiendo abrigos militares. El libro termina con el nacimiento de su hija mayor Valentina, madre de la artista. El botón es un elemento conductor en la vida de las mujeres Voloshiny, ya que Antonina se convirtió en una magnífica costurera. Las telas presentadas en las páginas son retazos de la ropa hecha por ella y su hija.



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