Artist: Andrea Gonzales

Woven fabric with a geometric and natural coloured design.

BA Textile Design
Birmingham City University

Andrea is a textile artist.

Andrea’s woven and printed textile practice focuses on the textile traditions and wooden cut carvings distinct to specific provinces in her homeland, the Philippines. For her final major project, Balikbayan (meaning to return to one’s country after a period away), Andrea produced a collection for interiors and furnishings consisting of ethnic patterns translated into woven jacquard, and printed fabrics created from lino-cuts. Evoking feelings of warmth and nostalgia, Andrea’s pieces have a strong sense of place and origin, celebrating the craftsmanship and traditional making skills that are deeply embedded in Filipino culture.

The artist sits amongst her fabric and looms.
Dyed fabric.

In:Site 2022

Andrea is one of 20 artists who were selected to show their work at In:Site 2022. The event will take place in spring 2022.
Find out more about the other artists.

Balikbayan is a Filipino word that means ‘to return to one’s country after a period away’, and for Andrea Gonzales, it captures the feeling of joy she experiences when she returns home. Celebrating Filipino craftsmanship and using symbols of comfort and protection, Andrea invited people to take part in her lino printing project, taking inspiration from the wood-cut prints famous in certain provinces of the Philippines.

a selection of hand printed fabric flags are hung on string on a dark blue railing
a selection of hand printed fabric flags hung on string on a dark blue railing visible from the back. A park and cathedral are visible in the background.

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A hand holding a green glass bead between the thumb and forefinger in front of a blurred house and tree.


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