Monday, April 7, 2008

The hand project II: inheritance



my grandmother's hands

Mi amama es una figura importante en mi vida. Mi familia ha estado claramente marcada por su presencia y dominio. Su casa fue el epicentro de mi infancia y la de mis primos. Ha sido una mujer activa, muy viajera y en su día bastante moderna: fumaba, llevaba pantalones y conducía.

Sus manos son manos de gran cocinera, manos tiernas para sus nietos y duras para los demás, manos acostumbradas a mandar, a subrayar sus nervios o sus opiniones. Son las manos de una persona de ochenta y dos años, seis hijas, catorce nietos y once biznietos. Yo quiero ser como ella cuando me haga mayor.



My grandma is an important character in my life. My family has been clearly marked by her presence and command. Her house was my childhood and my cousins' epicenter. She's been an active woman, great traveller and in past days, a very modern one: she smoked, wore trousers and drove a car when no woman did.

Her hands are the hands of a great cook, tender hands for her grandchildren and hard for the rest. Hands used to order, underline her temper or her opinions. These are the hands of a eighty-two year old woman, with six daughters, fourteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. When I grow up, I wanna be like her.

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En los últimos días he recibido bastantes sugerencias que enriquecen mi proyecto "manos". Me gustaría que todo aquel que quiera participar, lo haga enviando a mi mail su granito de arena, su idea, en forma de fotografía, dibujo o cuadro, junto a una foto de la mano origen de su idea. Puede ser una mano propia o no, venir acompañada de un pequeño texto o no. Una vez perfilado el contenido del proyecto, escribiré aquí sobre su desarrollo y presentación final.
(Se entiende que al participar autorizas que se publique aquí tu colaboración y las imágenes que la acompañen)

In the past few days I've received many suggestions enriching my "hands" project. If you want to participate in it, you are welcome. You can send me an e-mail with your little grain of sand. The idea being a photograph, a drawing or a painting of the topic "Hands", along with a picture of the hand(s) origin of the idea. You can come up with your hand portrayed or somebody else's. You can also write a few words if you feel like it or not write anything at all. Once the project contents are defined I'll be posting the development and final outcome of it.
(It's understood that by participating you authorize your submissions to be posted about)


Today's music/Música hoy:
McEnroe, Micah P. Hinson, Flying Burrito Bros., Dinosaur Jr, Barracudas, The Jam...

19 comments:

Lucía said...

Tu proyecto cada vez promete más, voy a pensar a ver si se me ocurre algo.
Las manos de tu abuela son preciosas, es una foto magnífica.

Besos.

Marie-Louise said...

Your grandmother's old and beautiful hands!
It is wonderful to read. This “hand projects” is fantastic - it acts about life. You actually have good ideas! And I like this very, very much!
I hope for that you will come with more hands… I look forward…

Stardust said...

Your grandmother sounds interesting (and has beautiful hands). Lucky you to have her! I'll be posting a short story of my grandparents too.

mansuetude said...

i have a love for this: you see my grandmother is in her 80's and wonderfully fit, too.

She is full of stories from her own childhood, her parents, etc... and we talk about doing a oral history of it, recording, etc... so she starts to tell me things i didn't know, in her own voicee, which is so soft hearted... get the idea, if your grandmother would love to use her voice to tell you about things that later, in the future others will listen to many many years forward.

Tell her hello. Love her feminist sensibility!

mado&co said...

Las manos de tu avuela son lindas...me gusta mucho su proyecto de ser como ella cuando seas vieja!

Jill said...

You're so lucky to still have your grandmother! Your drawings of her hands are lovely. Have you shown her yet?

karina said...

Que hermoso este post! muy emotivo!
Tus dibujos son bellisimos como siempre.

FruensWerk said...

I LOVE YOUR GRANDMOTHER...:D
Wonderhands sure...
Yes I´m in for the handproject...I´ll mail you...jibii...

asphaltandair said...

two very beautiful hands, indeed. what an incredible life. i can see why you would like to be like her!
i am enjoying this hand project very much. please continue!

Mallinkowa said...

Great idea :)

design for mankind. said...

I love this project so much, Esti--- keep them coming! :)

El Jardín de Lulaila said...

Me encanta tu proyecto, y me encantan las manos de tu amama. Dicen tantas cosas... Besos, lu

Kirti said...

esti this is such a beautiful project!!

Esti said...

mansuetude, one of my cousins had a similar idea, but never got down to it. maybe we should reconsider that. thanks for reminding me of it.

thanks everybody. Please, feel free to join the project!

zou said...

este proyecto es muy interesante...

karin said...

Stunning, Esti!

Mary-Laure said...

Que manos mas elegantes que tiene tu abuela... Preciosas!

Alice said...

me encanta esto ! siempre recuerdo la cara Y las manos de todas la personas que conosco. para mi se puede leer tanto en las manos de alguien.
las manos de tu abuela son muy preciosas, fragiles como pajaros, se ve que ha vivido, y que tiene so historia y universo, con sus anillos.

so sweet <3

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