Ana Martins, or Aheneah, is a Portuguese artist specializing in embroidery and graphics. Having obtained a degree in graphic design, she discovered the world of design and textiles, which she decided to correlate with the teachings of embroidery instilled by her grandmother. Transforming traditional techniques into works that are both graphic and modern, she manages to connect cultures and generations.
The artist recently made a cross-stitch work on one of Vila Franca de Xira’s walls in Portugal, her hometown. The choice of this wall is not trivial: “Every day, for years, thousands of children pass by this wall while going from home to school and from school to home. Most of the time floating in their thoughts, lost in space, time and routine. Until their paths change direction. It happened to me a few years ago.” With more than 2300 screws and 700 meters of wire, this work is now part of the local culture.