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Norma writes for Selvedge Magazine Issue #109 -- Rise Up, November 2022
Norma Writes for Selvedge Latin Issue #89
What is a Study Tour: Our programs are designed as learning experiences, and as such we talk with weavers about how and why they create, what is meaningful to them in their designs, the ancient history of patterning and design, use of color, tradition and innovation, values and cultural continuity, and the social context within which they work. First and foremost, we are educators. Norma worked in top US universities for over 35 years and Eric founded the education department at Oaxaca’s textile museum. Our interest is in creating connection and artisan economic development.
Why We Left, Expat Anthology: Norma’s Personal Essay
Norma Contributes Two Chapters!
- Norma Schafer and Oaxaca Cultural Navigator LLC has offered programs in Mexico since 2006. We have over 30 years of university program development experience. See my resume.
Study Toursd are personally curated and introduce you to Mexico's greatest artisans. They are off-the-beaten path, internationally recognized. We give you access to where people live and work. Yes, it is safe and secure to travel. Groups are limited in size for the most personal experience.
Programs can be scheduled to meet your travel plans. Send us your available dates.
Designers, retailers, wholesalers, universities and other organizations come to us to develop weaving relationships, customized itineraries, study abroad programs, meetings and conferences. It's our pleasure to make arrangements.
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- WEAVE Podcast: Oaxaca Coast Textiles & Tour
- NY Times, Weavers Embrace Natural Dye Alternatives
- NY Times, Open Thread–Style News
- NY Times, 36-Hours: Oaxaca, Mexico
- Cooking Classes–El Sabor Zapoteco
- Currency Converter
- Fe y Lola Rugs by Chavez Santiago Family
- Friends of Oaxaca Folk Art
- Hoofing It In Oaxaca Hikes
- Living Textiles of Mexico
- Mexican Indigenous Textiles Project
- Museo Textil de Oaxaca
- Oaxaca Lending Library
- Oaxaca Weather
- Taller Teñido a Mano Natural Dyes
Mexico City Architecture: Luis Barragan House Photo Essay
True Confession: In all the years I’ve been visiting Mexico City, I never made it to the Casa Luis Barragan in Colonia Condesa. One of the benefits of staying in this neighborhood is to make a pilgrimage to the home where this disciple of Corbusier lived. You MUST make a reservation in advance to visit. Only small groups go through the house and studio with a guide.
Textured and adjoining smooth walls add drama
Luis Barragan, winner of the Pritzker Prize, is one of Mexico’s most famed architects who influenced an entire generation of architects, including Ricardo Legorretta, has volumes written about him. His work is documented with great photography. I hope you read more.
What fascinates me is how he uses space — sometimes spare, sometimes cluttered, always calculated. His brilliant and punctuated use of color is incorporated into serene, cloistered rooms. I am surprised to move from small, intimate spaces into large living areas with high ceilings, walls, partitions, bringing the outdoors into the interior. There are design lessons to be learned here for how to live with a few, very meaningful objects.
Center piece. Lots of tables and niches and nooks to settle into throughout the house.
Twenty foot ceilings make small rooms larger.
Photo of Barragan, exceptionally tall, posing on floating staircase
The Miguelito Chair, designed by Barragan
Floating staircase leads to small study on second floor from library
Intimate, small library, cozy, comfortable
Painting by friend Mathias Goeritz is like a mirror
Color, louvered doors accentuates space transition
Rooftop terrace at Casa Luis Barragan
Stunning hot pink wall is backdrop to blooming vines
Mexican flowering vine Copa de Oro
Tonala, Guadalajara hand-blown glass globes reflect in every room
Luscious color in entry way, detail
One small lamp illuminates Barragan’s private dining room
Barragan, a very private man, loved his solitude. His small, dark, private dining room is like a cloister. Extremely tall, very religious, he designed spaces with small door frames and low ceilings, requiring him to bend as if in prayer, as he moved through his home and studio.
Reflection from inside to out, bringing the spaces together.
Collection of old ceramic mezcal jars are focal point of small patio
Patios have small water features, either fountains or large lava rock or ceramic bowls to collect water, that reflects nature.
Hot pink door opens to verdant green space.
My sister Barbara in the living room through the glass.
Warm colors of studio — he painted skylights and windows yellow
Outside a neighbor’s house, a whimsical sculpture
I love these globes. You can buy them in patio shops throughout the USA.
Sister Barbara in silhouette. Large windows bring green to interior.
Studio space is used as a gallery for featured shows now.
Where we are staying: In a penthouse apartment owned by Nai, with a terrace overlooking the treetops and rooftops of this walkable neighborhood. I highly recommend this location. See it on Air BnB.
We are getting around using UBER. Most rides are under $4 USD. Safe, on-time, dependable, secure.
Posted in Cultural Commentary, Mexico City, Photography, Travel & Tourism
Tagged architecture, casa, house, Luis Barragan, Mexico City, photographs, studio