Mabel Garcia was born on Sept 3rd, 1953 to a working class family in El Palomar, Buenos Aires province. At six years of age she began to weave in elementary school and has not stopped since.
In 1975 Mabel married and had three children, dedicating herself exclusively to the care of her family. As her children grew, Mabel decided to begin something of her own, and started taking classes at the Escuela de Arte y Artesanías Folclóricas de Morón, a well-known institution throughout Latin America. There Mabel studied American textiles, including braids, archeological nets, tapestries and more.
Since her studies, Mabel has become an accomplished textile artist. In recent years she has focused on the study and creation of pampa belts and traditional Argentinian textiles, as well as experiments with non-traditional fibers, such as horse hair, for small woven pieces. Of her weaving, Mabel explains that “I discovered that a recently set-up warp is like a fertile field for planting where the best of each weaver flourishes. Weaving makes me very happy, I like to share what I have learned and weaving has brought me to marvelous places.”
In El Rodeo in the Buenos Aires province Mabel teaches workshops on the aboriginal loom in various techniques including warp faced weave, weft faced weave, supplementary warp, complementary warp, and double cloth. She also teaches natural dying and spinning in a variety of fibers. Mabel’s workshops teach textile principals and techniques for both artistic endeavors as well as for clothing and accessory purposes.
Mabel has participated in numerous collective and individual exhibitions, receiving special recognition in many. She was selected by jury to participate in the Salón de la Creatividad Artesanal, Berazategui, where she won prizes for her belts. She has also shown her work in the Capitán Sarmiento amongst other locations in the Buenos Aires province. During the Bicentential, Mabel was selected to participate in the Exposición Central de la Sociedad Rural 2010 where she was awarded first place at the national level in craftwork. For multiple years Mabel has distinguished herself in the competition Fondo Nacional de las Artes, where she won first place in the Textile Arts category in 2012, second place in 2013, and first place in both 2014 and 2015 respectively.
In 2015 and 2016 Mabel participated in the Encuentro Textil San Isidro, while in 2016 and 2017 she was invited to teach workshops in the 4th and 5th Encuentro de Tejedoras y Tejedores de Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Patagonia Argentina.
Mabel is both an an investigator and talented teacher, saying that “what most encourages me is knowing how many people have learned to weave with me. I continue investigating the possibilities that the warp gifts us and I continue to amaze myself.”