MEXICAN TEXTILES INSTRUCTIONAL ARTIST RESIDENCIES
WEAVING, EMBROIDERY, OR TAPESTRY
Now Welcoming Applications for Summer and Fall Sessions 2017
Spaces are limited. Our selection committee evaluates all
applications when they are received vs. after the deadline.
This unique instructional residency offers competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists age 23 and over.
Lienzo de Tlaxcala, 1585, Fragment in the Benson Library, UT Austin
Aztec Weaver, Florentine Codex Book 10, ca. 1545-1590
Mexican textiles are the expression of Mexico’s diversity and complex sociocultural systems; through their narratives, iconographies, and techniques, they reflect a multiplicity of artistic traditions and identities. Clothing in Mexico signals wealth and power, they incorporate elements of class and gender differentiation in the process of performing and negotiating identities. Therefore the intricate language of textiles reflects a history of contention and resistance as a result of the amalgamation and negotiation of Mesoamerican and European civilizations.
Textiles are also sources of information for the cultural patrimony of each community. Both weaving and embroidery are techniques used to develop complex narratives, and are important ideologically in structuring roles and identity patterns. In Oaxaca, the diversity of textiles is as rich as the natural environment. Each weave and embroidery has had a destiny, and with the complex process of assimilation and negotiation, some have disappeared or have suffered gradual or radical transformation; other have become more sophisticated in their narratives, techniques and/or coloring.
Artists-in-Residence Laura García (USA) and Maggie Cowles (USA)
Artists-in-Residence Eugenia Simó Grijalbo (Spain) and Ingrid Mesquita (Canada)
The Mexican Textiles Instructional Artist Residency is a production residency that includes 3 weeks of master instruction (27 hours total; 9 hours per week) in Mexican textiles techniques. Residents learn how to use the traditional back-strap loom, including how to assemble it, and basic weaving techniques; or they learn Mexican embroidery techniques for which we offer instruction in the following: cross-stitching, chain-stitching, shading, and pepenado hilván; or they learn tapestry techniques, using the large floor loom. Each technique is offered separately. Residents wishing to do multiple techniques may apply for consecutive residencies.
With three separate programs to choose from, Mexican Traditional Weaving, Oaxacan Embroidery, or Tapestry, artists join an integral program in which they learn the technique, approach iconography and traditional textile production systems with more resources, and get a better understanding of Mexican culture.
Artist-in-Residence Laura Huertas Millán (Colombia) and textiles expert/collector and Arquetopia board member Raymundo Fraga
RESIDENCY DURATION / TIME PERIOD
Weaving or Embroidery: Terms of 3 weeks. Tapestry: Terms of 4 weeks.
Option to extend for 1 to 9 more weeks as a self-directed Art Production Residency. Dates are not predetermined but are nominated by the applicant.
WHAT THIS RESIDENCY INCLUDES
- Weaving or Embroidery includes 27 hours master instruction (9 hours per week)
- Tapestry includes 36 hours master instruction (9 hours per week)
- Each resident meets weekly with our staff for individualized research assistance/resources, project guidance, and critiques
Accommodation, Meals, and Local Transportation:
- Furnished, private bedroom
- Meals and 24-hour access to stocked kitchen and dining room
- Wireless Internet
- Private bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers
- Though cheap, everyday public transportation is also available from the residency vicinity into the city, Arquetopia provides scheduled transportation into downtown Oaxaca twice per week by van
- Individual live/work space with natural light provided with table or desk
- 24-hour access to larger, shared studio with generous natural light
- Personal workspace with large table
- Materials and supplies for the instructional course provided
- Materials and supplies for additional project production not included but available for purchase locally
RESIDENCY FEE AND APPLICATION DEADLINES