Maria Navarra-Pino
La Mesa, NM

MNP Handwoven

Through my 30 years of weaving I have tried many weave structures, palettes and fibers.

I have been inspired by the colors of New England, the Rocky Mountains and the desert of New Mexico. Eight years ago, I began weaving eight harness block twill. To my surprise, my inspiration became mathematical formulas and number sequences. The result of combining this weave structure and these various formulas has captivated me. I am in awe of the symmetry, order and balance produced. The choice of fiber makes a huge impact on the overall look and feel of the finished product in any weaving. I have found this to be true even more so with this weave structure combined with this design element. A fiber that produces sheen will in turn enhance the blocks forming an iridescent effect where as some fibers will flatten the block. It is my goal that my shawls be seen and worn as unique works of art; both visually and tactilely pleasing. That they be the focal point of any outfit is my aim.

I have participated in juried art/fine craft shows for 13 years. Previous to this I applied for and received a grant to teach women on the Mexican/American border to weave as part of an economical development initiative. After 10 years I left this program in order to pursue my own work full time. I am proud to say that the program continues with the women leading it.

I have been awarded the following:

-YWCA Reach Award / Women Helping Women 2007

-Best in Medium, Ruidoso Art/Craft Fair 2010

-Jury Choice Award, Las Artistas 2012

-Jury Choice Honorable Mention San Antonio/Fiesta 2013

-Merit Award, Main St Fort Worth 2016

-Jurors Choice Award Las Artistas 2017

-Best in Traditional Craft, Fiesta,San Antonio 2018

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