10 responses to “Mexico: gifts of time and patience- week 4 & 5 of 7

  1. I had to think about this post for a long time Sharon. It has a lot of monumentally important observations in it. I linked to it on the Urban Weaver blogspot because it speaks so much to why I wanted to do the Vancouver flax project at McLean field house (and later Trillium Park).

    Is it OK to add to our own happiness when we buy a new shirt and ignore the misery that causes in lost habitat, climate change, farmer and processor exploitation, loss of water resources and pollution? When we’re choose to be blind to those conequences, don’t we lose the sense of human connection that growing and making our own stuff brings?

  2. have to agree with penny on this … so much to think about and process here. i continue to be humbled by your work on this project and the the many risks you take in your practice. inspired and inspiring. thanks.

    • one of the ironies for me with the work I am doing here on one of the pieces is using store bought local materials- something I very, very rarely or never do-specifically the processed ixtle that sells for 1 peso a bundle- I could be processing the ixtle myself from the mageauy plant- that would take me half my time… and local participants keep bringing my gifts of the processed bundles, I think maybe a bit flummoxed by my time consuming methods. So here I am, using materials someone else has obviously been paid very, very little for here in Mexico so that I can produce my art faster! hmm, my reconcilliation for this is to do “PERFORMATIVE ACTION” of processing the maguaey to ixtle this weekend during our open house, and talk with people about how time consuming and physical the processing of ixtle is, as many folks here I don’t think consider where it comes from or how it is made- maybe- just maybe, I can bridge that disconnect for one or two people. always hoping…. in the meantime, must finish the work! will post a new blog soon, thanks for reading and thanks for your support!

  3. Sharon, I love your post; it’s so BIG! big heart, big ideas. I can see why it took a long time; there is indeed a lot to process there.
    One note… When I went to study textiles in Ghana, I found that I had underestimated the level of mechanization that people were using in processing. I don’t know anything about 1 peso/bundle ixtle, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there might be a factory with some industrial processing equipment involved….

  4. Howdy! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok. I’m
    definitely enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

    • ha! no, no twitter yet for this gal…. have a hard enough time getting out an email newsletter every month and doing webposts- I would encourage you to sign up for the monthly MOPARRC newsletter if you are not already getting it- best way to follow along with where I am at and where I have been, just not quite as in the moment as twitter. cheers, and thanks for following! Sharon

  5. I am curious to find out what blog system you have been working with?
    I’m experiencing some minor security issues with my latest blog and I would like to find something more safe. Do you have any solutions?

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