February 20, 2012

Posted in History, Life, Photos tagged , , , , at 1:56 pm by stonebankblog

Here’s a great post from our friends at the UWECPeru blog. And it’s not about stones or stone builders.

It’s about weaving your own life and story, beauty, and finding your voice and passion amid adversity. Hope you enjoy it. It’s pretty inspiring.

Weaving designed by Maximo Laura

Detail of a weaving designed by Maximo Laura

A weaving from Maximo Laura’s workshop in Lima

From prisoner to weaver to renowned artist: Máximo Laura.

UweC Peru

Like every day in Peru, our last day exceeded expectations. We flew from Cuzco back to Lima and bused directly from the airport to the home of Peru’s most acclaimed textile artist,  Máximo Laura. A longtime friend and associate of ArtAndes owner Melanie Ebertz, Laura gave us a tour of his workshop, where he employs about 15 weavers, and his personal collection of richly colored and textured wall hangings.

Laura grew up in the same mountainous Ayachuco area as Wilbur Quispe, and he likewise suffered persecution during Peru’s civil war with the Shining Path in the 1980s and ’90s. The government imprisoned him as a suspected Marxist, but when the war wound down, he took up weaving (as had four generations of his family before him) and raised it to an artform.

Moving beyond the natural dyes and fibers of his ancestors, Laura used modern synthetic threads and bright colors to give new life…

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