February 12 - 19, 2017
This residency / workshop was in partnership with POCOAPOCO, a multi-disciplinary, research-based residency in Oaxaca, Mexico offering time for retreat, a platform for creative exploration and space for a collective intelligence.
Over the course of one week, participants moved away from active textile production and instruction, and instead examined their interest in “making” from a deeper psychological, cultural, and spiritual level -- exploring textiles as an embodiment of creative thought, and an avenue for personal and cultural connection.
Making with our hands as means of expression is a universal human endeavor inspired by an essential creative energy. Fibers we spin and threads we weave are markers of time, place, and culture and allow us an immediate creative outlet, while simultaneously building a long-term collective memory. Here, we find a balance between the spiritual and physical, the mind and the hands.
Through in-depth conversations with artisans and artists, lectures, group dialogues, healing practices, and hands-on experimentation, we will explore how textile traditions, natural fibers and our own personal habits of making reflect broader values and human needs — individual creation and community connection, physical action and mindful meditation, cultural tradition and social innovation, utilitarian use and emotional attachment.
A portion of each day is open for individual projects and exploration of Oaxaca, with open assistance from program directors. Each morning will begin with an hour long “practice” or meditative making (spinning, weaving, etc) and each day will also include 1-2 scheduled workshops, day trips, conversations and/or lectures to provide broader context for your independent practice, research, and group dialogue. Residents are encouraged to devote time each day to writing, documentation, and/or hands-on work. Evenings, we come together to relax, discuss, and reflect over a meal. On the final Saturday, we will have a group presentation and celebratory dinner to share knowledge, thoughts and ideas that have come from the week.