María Antonia Villaseñor-Marchal is a Latinx and Indigenous artist and educator who melds traditional craft techniques (beading, weaving, and embroidering) with her education in fashion design to create abstract, woven, and fully felted work that confronts issues of identity, trauma, social justice, and the environment.
After graduating in 2020 from the School of the Art Institute’s Master of Design program in Fashion, Body, and Garment (mentored by Nick Cave and Liat Semstad), Maria has established an independent studio in Evanston, IL (@studiomavm). She has also built a sustainable arts practice through her collaboration with a network of fiber farms, which allows her to focus her work on the cultivation and care of animals and plants indigenous to the Western Hemisphere.
Most recently, Maria’s thesis, “To Be Felt,” was honored with a solo exhibition at Facility (Chicago, IL).
Image: María Antonia Villaseñor-Marchal, BLACK + CROSS, 2021, Churro wool, alpaca wool, Navajo angora wool, Silk. 5’ X 7’