“The obstacles [I face as a textile artist] have not been too great as I keep growing as an artist. More than anything they’re economic, as it’s very difficult to find people who appreciate the value of an artisan. It’s because of this that I have never been able to live off of my work as a textile artist. It’s because of this that I’ve found it difficult to attend other gatherings because of the costs that they entail.

I’ve not participated before, this will be my first time in Tinkuy. The best thing about these gatherings is the exchange. The shared personal experiences that enrich us. Participating in this Tinkuy as a weaver will fulfill my dream. Since I began my textile studies I’ve dreamed of traveling to Cusco, seeing Machu Picchu and weaving there. God willing, in November I’ll fulfill my dream and afterward I’ll continue tangling myself in warps to create the best of me and of them.

I’ve studied textiles professionally, archeological cloths, braids, etc in the Escuela Taller de Arte y Artesanías Folclóricos de Morón, Bs As, Argentina. I also greatly enjoy investigating warps and in this I’ve achieved amazing results, including brocade in the double cloth technique which I would like to share on this occasion [in Tinkuy 2017].”

Mabel Garcia is a guest textile artist who has extensively studied traditional Argentinian textiles and who directs a workshop in a traditional center in El Rodeo, Argentina. During Tinkuy 2017 Mabel will present on a panel along with other guest textile artists.

 

Brocaded double cloth