Last March I visited the Textile Museum in Oaxaca. While there I talked with the director of the museum about teaching a workshop this spring – 2019.
We looked at my website. The director liked the paper quilts I showed him and suggested that I teach a workshop of paper quilts. Yes!
Here are the images I showed him of the paper quilts that I had done. They are quilts in the sense that separate images are pieced together to make a whole.
Outside of Oaxaca, in San Agustin Etla, is a beautiful paper making workshop. Here are some photos of the workshop. The building is next to a river. The array of natural materials is used for dying the paper. The peanut shells are a mold for a textured paper. The kites by Francisco Toledo are in the gift shop, along with notebooks, paper jewelry and sheets of paper.
I bought paper when I was there last spring. When I came home I made quilts out of that paper.
This one is mostly plain paper with some painted imagery.
The painted images were inspired by this embroidery that I saw at the textile museum. (Here is a link to a blog post that I wrote about the museum.)
This quilt has stenciled imagery, based on the same embroidery.
Here is the back of the stenciled quilt.
This spring, from March 4-7 I will be teaching a workshop on Paper Quilts at the Textile Museum in Oaxaca. On Monday we will go together in a van to the paper making workshop in San Agustin Etla. We will buy paper there for our individual projects. On Tuesday – Thursday we will return to the museum and make paper quilts – some collaborative and some individual. We will take our inspiration (and some of our materials) from the incredible Oaxacan traditions. The workshop will meet for 3 hours a day, so you will also have time to explore Oaxaca on your own.( I am not arranging housing, food or transportation). The Museum has not yet determined the cost of the workshop, but I am guessing it will be in the $30-50 range, plus another $20 to buy paper. You don’t need any special skills or talents to come- just the desire to try something new, to use your hands, and to explore Oaxaca.
If you think you might be interested in coming, please email me at email@example.com and I will let you know when the cost is finally determined and when the registration becomes available. Thank you.