About us

We are a group of artists from different towns in Mexico and Mexican artists living in the USA. Through pottery (barro), cartonería (a traditional technique stronger and smoother than papier-mâché) sculptures and masks, textiles, and corn husk creations, we are happy to share our culture and traditions with you. Some of us work in a family studio, some of us have a traditional heritage passed down from generation to generation, and some of us are experimenting with a combination of traditional and contemporary techniques, but we all respect and appreciate the work of each other.

Gabriela Marván

Gabriela Marván

Cartonería | Viroqua, Wisconsin

I strongly believe in the connection between all humans and nature and that the only constant in life is change. I represent this in my art through movement. Our work team is called Marván Folk Art.

Flor Molina

Flor Molina

Pottery | Guerrero

There are children that never look up.  I had the sun, the moon, the stars, and, when I looked down, I had the ocean.

Familia Morales

Familia Morales

Cartonería | Morelos

My name is Alfonso Morales Vázquez, I am a cartonero (artist of papier-mâché).
¡Viva la cartonería!
Nezahuacoyotl Studio

Nezahuacoyotl Studio

Textiles | Tlaxcala

My brother Ignacio and I (Pedro) are visual artists and nahua weaver from the center of Mexico belonging to the fifth generation of my family.

Peguero García Studio

Peguero García Studio

Pottery | Oaxaca

All of my family work in our pottery studio in Santa Maria Atzompa Oaxaca. 

Nadia Figueroa

Nadia Figueroa

Textiles | Mexico City

I have researched natural dyes and traditional Mexican weaving, turning my concepts into experimental 3D weaving pieces. 

Gerardo Figueroa

Gerardo Figueroa

Clay Sculpture and Masks | Quintana Roo

I have always tried to capture images and transform them through a personal interpretation.

Artisans from Copalillo

Artisans from Copalillo

Hammocks | Guerrero

Originally from Copalillo Guerrero but now living in Morelos, we are a group of artisan women that make handmade hammocks, which has been a tradition for generations in our town. 

RCL: "Making Traditions in Paper"

RCL: "Making Traditions in Paper"

Cartonería | Morelos

Our pieces are based on our folk art, traditions, and the color of our roots.

Jessica Coria

Jessica Coria

Corn Husk | Milwaukee, Wisconsin

My goal is to open a Cultural Center where the Milwaukee South Side Community can develop its artistic skills.

Special Thanks

Ryan Rothweiler

co-founder

Having 20 years of experience as a muralist and visual artist, Ryan has been an esential part of this Collective, collaborating in artwork with Gabriela Marván, his wife.

Gema Carrillo

web designer

With more than 20 years of experience in Graphic Design, Gema is our web master gurú.

Bárbara Heredia

cultural promoter

Having studied Mexican folk art and International Relationships, Bárbara is the person who has direct contact with artisans in Mexico. You can feel her passion for Mexican folk art when she talks about it. 

Nan Marshall

editor

The magic hands that know how to use the correct words. She edited and copywrited this website.

What about the pieces?

The pieces that you see in our Collective website already flew to Wisconsin. We had made the effort to ship them from Mexico to USA in order that they arrive faster to you. We are happy to share some of our culture with you. 

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