Mexican Artists arrive at Casa de la Cuesta for Day of the Dead

By Barbara Erickson

Jacobo Mendoza, a Oaxacan master weaver, comes to Casa de la Cuesta each Day of the Dead to share and sell his exceptional weavings. This past year was one of acknowledgement for Jacobo. In January he was selected to participate in the exhibition “Splendor of Textile” at the Peter Gray Art Museum in Puerto Vallarta. Jacobo was the only Oaxacan weaver invited to participate in the slow fiber workshop with world famous dye master Michael Garcia for perfecting natural dyeing techniques. He will be featured in the Oaxaca Textile Museum this fall along with several other master weavers and is sending some his best works to the San Jose Art Museum in January.

Day of the Dead altars and master artists at Casa de la Cuesta
Jacobo Mendoza; Weaving and natural dyeing
Blanca Gómez; Folk carving and painting
Thu & Fri, Nov 1 & 2, 2-6pm
Casa de la Cuesta
Cuesta de San José 32

Jacobo works with all natural dyes, many from the plants his family grows. He excitedly says “tuve la oportunidad de tener un encuentro con un maestro tintorero a nivel mundial el es Michael García de Francia y ahora yo he perfeccionado mi técnica de los tintes naturales!” (I had the opportunity of a workshop with the master dyer Michael Garcia and now I am perfecting my techniques of natural dyeing). He weaves with wool, silk, cashmere and metallic threads and his design skills are extraordinary, more so for being “all in his head.”

Blanca Gómez hails from Oaxaca but makes her home here in San Miguel. She uses the traditional Oaxacan painting techniques for her colorful and fanciful pieces, including delightful animals, footstools, chairs, frames and many other useful decorative pieces. No home is complete without something fun from Blanca’s creative imaginings.

Blanca promises to have plenty of The Day of the Dead themed works this year for the show.

Casa de la Cuesta will display their Day of the Dead altars at the show too – not to be missed!

Extra demo: This year Jacobo will be giving a demo of the new techniques he has learned in slow natural dyeing at El Charco el Ingenio Tuesday, October 30, 10am.

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