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Master Weaver

BY MARCELLA ECHAVARRIA Maximo Laura’s award-wining tapestries Maximo Laura was recently designated as one of Peru’s Living Treasures, an honor worn easily by this self-taught artist whose textiles have received numerous national and international awards during a 35 year career. This…

White Gauze Weavings of Coban

BY ANNIE WATERMAN Olga Reiche and the Izbalanke womens’ weaving cooperative Since 1989, Olga Reiche, a native Guatemalan, has been visiting the town of Coban, Alta Verapaz, located in northeast Guatemala. Olga vividly recalls memories spent with her Ketchi grandmother who is part of the Izbalanke womens’ weaving…

Review: A Weaverly Path

BY LYN HART The Tapestry Life of Silvia Heyden, a film by Kenny Dalsheimer How does one peer into the mind of an artist, into the deep recesses where creativity and vision abide? What would be visible there? How could it…

A Living Pattern

BY RACHEL DAVEY The art of ajrakh Sufiyan Khatri shakes out a length of cloth and a sky unfolds in the cramped family office, spilling stars. Blue like a summer twilight and patterned with intricate geometries, the cotton has an almost…

Knitting a More Perfect Union

BY ADRIENNE SLOANE Adrienne Sloane’s Political Knits I am a self-confessed sculptural knitter. It is always difficult to describe what that means since for most people it is a bit of an unusual obsession. However, I seem to be compelled by…

Kenyan Utopia

BY KEITH RECKER Nani Croze, her buildings made with recycled materials, and her health and education projects. Nani Croze, German artist and community activist, settled in Kenya many years ago. Her flower-child idealism has inspired a complex of Gaudi-esque buildings with…

Gone Rural

BY ANNIE WATERMAN Working with sisal Cultural artistry meets age-old tradition when we take a peek at Gone Rural’s innovative collection of home accessories, all created with sisal. This organization impresses in their unique designs as they experiment with natural and sustainable fibers that they hand…

¡Hola, Guibani!

TEXT: MARNIE FLEMING A native of Oaxaca, Mexico, 33 year-old Christopher Brandon creates artisanal furniture designs that speak to the traditions and the vibrancy of this dynamic city.  His business is aptly named, Guibani: a Zapotec word for the “color of…