Monthly Archives: January 2019

Paper Quilt Workshop

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 Р2019.

Inside the Museo Textil de Oaxaca

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. These are the kind of quilts we will make in the workshop.

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 workshop costs $750 pesos (about $39 USD) 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 and I will let you know how to sign up. Thank you.