A large scale exhibition of my work is scheduled for Sept 2010 at MACLA, Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latinoamericana, in San Jose during the Zero1 Biennial. MACLA has allowed me to use the exhibition to showcase (and kickstart) collaborative works with artisans—and for the first time in my art career, allow me to become a catalyst for social change through the creation of craft.
The Chiapas Project, shown below, will serve as Phase 1 of a longer-planned relationship with artisans worldwide, helping to provide dignified wages and setting up new modes of sustaining traditions—the creation of Artists Helping Artisans (AHA!).

For more information on the Chiapas Project and the creation of AHA! please see bottom "Project Info" section.

Tanya AguiƱiga

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Our handmade zoo

One of my favorite artisan made things from Chiapas are these small wool animals.
The fabric from which they are made is all hand woven on the backstrap loom. The wool itself is all locally harvested from people's personal sheep, hand carded and spun. They are just amazing in person! Each is hand stitched and embroydered with careful and creative details.

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