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Second Report: Embroidery Workshop

The following is an insiders accounting of the recent Embroidery Workshop in Guatemala as told by the teacher, Mary Anne Wise, Founder of Cultural Cloth.The primary objective of this workshop is to coalesce as a group. Therefore, to start with, we talk about what makes a good teacher, what makes a good student, what are our mutual responsibilities. [...]

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​First Report: Embroidery Project, One Stitch at a Time to Support Families

At Cultural Cloth a crucial part of our mission is to help our sister artisans around the world develop better ways to support their families. Over the years we’ve talked about our rug-hooking project in Guatemala which began with a single weekend long workshop in 2009. Believing in the economic potential of this technique we co-founded Multicolores, a Guatemalan based non-profit [...]

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6 Hours on Lake Pepin: Colorful Things To Do in October on Lake Pepin

Spend your weekends exploring our colorful picks for six hours of breath taking views and fabulous shopping and dining along the stretch of the Great River Road from Maiden Rock to Pepin, Wisconsin. Located just 70 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. Thanks to Jay Olson-Goude for this photo of the Great River Road in full fall glory! Meander downriver and take in [...]

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Following the Threads As We Launch a New Project

Of all the Guatemalan textile techniques, I fell in love with embroidery first. I was captivated by the exquisite hand embroidered men’s pantalone panels, alive with delicate birds, or the thick, colorful seams embellishing women’s skirts. In the clothing of the culture, embroidery is everywhere in Guatemala.Before founding Cultural Cloth, Jody and I worked with Jose, an embroidery artist from [...]

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How to Display a St Luce Textile in Your Home

Cultural Cloth turned to a customer and expert on displaying textiles, Leslie Davis, for advice on how to creatively display the St Luce Embroideries in your home.  Leslie owns Leslie Davis Preservation Framing in Milwaukee.We asked Leslie How she would display the embroideries in your home if you  were on a budget?Now if you have [...]

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Embroidery Artisans from Madagascar Featured in Exhibition Debut at Cultural Cloth

From the island nation of Madagascar, located off the southeastern coast of Africa, the finely detailed hand-embroidered works by Stitch St Luce have traveled 9,488 miles to their US debut exhibition at Cultural Cloth in Maiden Rock, Wisconsin.These pieces will be on display during the Fresh Art Tour from June 3-5, which is a self-guided tour of 16 [...]

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Upcoming Tour & Workshop in Guatemala

In 2017 Cultural Cloth with again team up with Multicolores as they offer their tour of Guatemala and rug hooking workshop with Mayan artisans.  The workshop will run from Feb 24 through March 5.  The tour is limited to 17 participants and last year it was filled in May, almost 8 months before the event.  The [...]

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Workshop Expands Understanding of Color for Artisans

March 21, 2016. Panajachel, Guatemala.Earlier this month Keith Recker, founder of HandEye magazine and author of The 20th Century in Color, conducted a workshop with a select group of Multicolores’ rug hooking artists. Reyna Pretzantzin, President of Multicolores, and Mary Anne Wise, founder of the Guatemalan Rug Hooking Project, assisted. Twelve rug hookers convened over three days to learn new ways [...]

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Setting Sail For India

Our shop in Maiden Rock closed for the season on Dec 23. No worries: we'll be processing on-line orders throughout the winter.Winter is when we venture forth, make new contacts with artisan groups and get inspired by amazing, motivated women who produce exquisite handmade textiles from all over the world. This year we’re taking our quest for inspiration to India [...]

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Alliance for Artisan Enterprise Competition

In September 2015 finalists in a global competition sponsored by the Aspen Institute's Alliance for Artisan Enterprise were announced. The Guatemalan rug hooking artisans, a project initiated by Cultural Cloth founders Jody Slocum and Mary Anne Wise, were among the 15 finalists.  Today the project is supported by Multicolores, a Guatemalan artisan based nonprofit Slocum & [...]

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