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Lost in Translation

 After spending 6 years overseas and living in countries where the main language is English, I have been slightly losing my Portuguese.


Lost in translation is a series of textile art ( posters and sculptures) I am developing that will represent that loss. By using apparel, quilting and embroidery techniques,  my pieces will  represent how the language that I now speak has taken over the one I was raised to communicate in.

The idea of this project is to increase awareness for people around me about a situation that is more common to foreigners then most people think.


“The difficulties in recalling your first language are greater the more immersed you are in a second language, says Dr Aneta Pavlenko at Temple University in Philadelphia, because cognitive resources are limited.” (

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