María Villaseñor-Marchal is a Latinx and Indigenous artist and educator who melds traditional craft techniques—beading, weaving and embroidering—with fashion design to create abstract, woven and fully felted work that confronts issues of identity, trauma, social justice and the environment. Upon graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago she established an independent studio in Evanston, IL. She has also built a sustainable arts practice in 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. Her thesis, “To Be Felt,” was honored with a solo exhibition at Facility (Chicago, IL). Her work can be found at studiomavm.com.
Image: María Antonia Villaseñor-Marchal, BLACK + CROSS, 2021, Churro wool, alpaca wool, Navajo angora wool, Silk. 5’ X 7’