Textile Inspired Work
Handmade objects are a reflection of people and place long before the separation of utility from beauty.
Nowhere is this more true than in the garments of indigenous cultures of Guatemala and Mexico. Huipils, blouses of Mayan women, relate their ancient and modern histories through the weave and design of every handmade piece of clothing. Not only do I admire Mayan huipils as symbols of identity and protectors of culture, I feel a deep connection with fellow crafts women who spend hours stitching them by hand. After being surrounded by these textiles during the 2 years I lived in Guatemala I find them extraordinarily visually appealing, as well as a deep connection to that place. As I come to understand my own diverse cultural and personal experiences I aim to combine these influences with my personality to secure a sense of self and belonging in a transcultural society.