By an act of serendipity, the weavers of Northern Ohio are adopting a Zapotec weaver for a week. Here’s a little information about him and the times and places you can meet him.
Marco Antonio Bautista Vasquez’s story embodies a beautiful combination of traditional Zapotec ways and contemporary life. He learned to weave at age nine from his father and mother. As a child, he enjoyed making toys from found objects and later transferred the creative skill to playing with yarns, weaving and unraveling them to become beautiful rugs. He developed as a weaver over many years while completing his primary education in village schools and later commuting by bus to Oaxaca City. Vasquez has an engineering degree from the Technical University in Oaxaca City, made possible by selling the rugs and bags from his loom. He continues to weave along with his mother and father who also maintain a subsistence farm. Vasquez maintains a Zapotec life, and travels to share his work as weaver. One day he dreams of an advanced degree or creating his own business. (from OhioFairTrade.com)
Saturday, October 25 he will be demonstrating weaving at the Ohio Fair Trade Expo being held at John Carroll University from 9-4 in the Dolan Center for Science & Technology. Admission is FREE.
Monday, October 27 a lunch is scheduled at Tommy’s on Coventry in Cleveland Heights at 12:30 pm. After lunch there may be wandering into shops until he needs to be back to be turned over to Betsy Bruce for his trip to Oberlin College at 3 pm. He will be staying there till Wednesday afternoon and all plans in the far West are working through Betsy Bruce. Call her if you’ll be out that way then and want to participate in those plans. 440-775-8504 (wk) or 440-774-7036 (home).
Wednesday he will be returned through the Medina Guild. Jan Pesek is welcoming him by hosting an open door evening gathering (bring a dessert). Marcos will be her guest for the night.
The following morning on Thursday, October 30, wonderful plans are being worked out to keep him busy and entertained in the Kent State University Museum and classrooms. Marcos will demonstrate around noon. Tours will happen. Call Jan Pesek if you’ll be out that way then and want to participate in any of those plans.
Thursday afternoon he will either return to Cleveland Heights or go East. Plans are still evolving. Suggestions are welcome. Victoria Johnson-Parratt is the contact person from here till we have to give him back. 216-321-6016.
Friday a tour has been arranged at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tour leaves from the lobby at 1:00 pm. Laura Martin has offered us her time till 4:30pm. Laura speaks fluent Spanish and has offered to show Marcos a few things she believes may interest him. She also wants to ask him what he would like to see, so any of us joining will follow them around, listen in and peek over their shoulders.
Saturday, November 1st we may do something early in the day, but we will have a huge potluck starting at 5 pm followed by a presentation from Marcos at 7 pm. We are inviting everyone to join us then and say Hello and/or Goodbye to Marcos. This invitation is open to all fiber folk, weavers and spinners, bead people, bobbin lace ladies, members of the church where we’re having the party, library, museum and university people, friends, family and any curious enough to come. Bring a dish to share.