For All Sessions in 2018
Application Deadline EXTENDED!
Through This Friday, February 16, 2018
E-mail Chris ASAP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
for instructions to receive a possible fee reduction.
Spaces are limited. Our selection committee evaluates all
applications for selection as they are received.

This unique instructional residency offers competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists age 22 and over.
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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 Bella Leonard (United Kingdom) and Camille Auclair (United Kingdom) with Master Instructors
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Artists-in-Residence Stephanie Gamble (USA) and Samar Hejazi (Palestine/Canada) with Master Instructors
The Mexican Textiles Instructional Artist Residency is a production residency that includes 3 weeks of master instruction (27 hours total for Weaving or Embroidery; 36 hours total for Tapestry, each at 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.
Artists-in-Residence Laura García (USA) and Maggie Cowles (USA)
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Artists-in-Residence Eugenia Simó Grijalbo (Spain) and Ingrid Mesquita (Canada)
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.
Technique Instruction:
  • Weaving or Embroidery includes 27 hours master instruction (9 hours per week)
  • Tapestry includes 36 hours master instruction (9 hours per week)
Staff Support:
  • 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
  • Housekeeping
  • 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
Studio Workspace and Materials:
  • 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
  • Some tools provided
  • Materials and supplies for the instructional course provided
  • Materials and supplies for additional project production not included but available for purchase locally
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for fee and application deadlines for this program.

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Arquetopia is a self-sustaining, officially registered Mexican nonprofit foundation that is strictly unaffiliated with any political, religious, or war industrial / weapon-building entities. Your fully tax-deductible donation will help us continue to develop our unique arts programs and contribute to positive social change.


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