Fiber Arts Month - Lecture and Demonstration by Porfirio Gutierrez
Porfirio Gutiérrez, a Zapotec master dyer and textile artist based in Ventura, California, examines the rich history of Zapotec weaving and how this practice expresses cultural identity. Gutiérrez discusses his studio's role in preserving traditional natural dyeing using pigments derived from plants and insects. Following the lecture and dye demonstration, attendees will have the opportunity to meet Gutierrez and shop a focused trunk sale of his work from the 2021 spring harvest season.
Porfirio Gutiérrez, a Zapotec native based in Ventura, California, has carefully tended to his relationship with nature his entire life, coaxing over 200 colors from plants. In this talk, Maestro Porfirio Gutiérrez explores the histories embedded in his textiles, with a specific focus on the Cochineal insect, the scale insect from which the natural dye carmine (red) is derived. Naturally derived colors are a welcomed consequence of a deep relationship with nature. Each color Gutiérrez derives from plants is a capsule of cultural and ecological knowledge. The color is the physical presence of a captured moment in time and place - how the natural elements, such as water, sun, land, and soil worked together that year, as well as the human cultural traditions that nurtured them. The textiles hold and memorialize this imprint of climate and culture that is completely unique to and at the mercy of this moment in time and space.
This event is part of Fiber Arts Month, three consecutive Saturdays in May of demonstrations, artist presentations, and drop-in maker's events.