For part of the year, my home is in Teotitlan del Valle, the famed Zapotec rug weaving village located about 18 miles southeast of Oaxaca City off the Pan American Highway, Mexico Route 190. I have discovered great weaving, carving and textile families of the region. Some are “famous” and others are “off the beaten path,” rarely visited by crowded tour buses and commission-compensated guides.
As an artist and educator, I am committed to sustainable development and cultural preservation by supporting, through fair trade and eco-tourism, the richness of indigenous life and what is possible through intercultural exchange.
Throughout the history of humankind, we have adorned ourselves in cloth, metals, jewels and shells, and decorated our shelters, eating and cooking vessels with images that represent the greatest human aspirations and beliefs.
Today, technology and the manufacture of machine-made, low-priced goods threaten to eradicate centuries-old creative practices that are handed down through the generations.
My lifelong interest is in textiles and indigenous arts. I have combined my university career with a passion for art and the people who make it. I invite you to join me on this extraordinary journey by visiting Mexico and Oaxaca, and participating in one of the workshops developed and organized throughout the year by Oaxaca Cultural Navigator LLC.
- Raised in Los Angeles, California, and lived in San Francisco
- Graduated from California State University at Northridge
- Earned a Masters Degree in Administration from University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business
- Creative attributes: Artist, short-fiction writer, poet and entrepreneur
- Nationally recognized for innovative University program development
- Held key positions at Indiana University, University of Virginia, The George Washington University (D.C.), and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Started Oaxaca Cultural Navigator in 2006
Contact me for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 274-6194