Carmen Lomas Garza’s paint table.


Tapestry Weave Rag Jerga is an example of an artwork made from cotton cloth.

Artists use many different materials and techniques when working. Some create paintings using brushes and canvas while others use cloth and yarn and a loom. The media they use sometimes affects the way in which their work is perceived.

When Agueda Martinez first learned to weave, she worked as a contractor. The people for whom she worked gave her wool yarn for her weaving and would then sell her tapestries at the market.

She often used cotton cloth, however, instead of wool yarn. She collected pieces of fabric of all sizes. To make materials suitable for weaving, she first ripped the fabric into long thin strips. Then she twisted the fabric on a spindle, so that the strips become tight and compact. Then she used these materials to weave a tapestry. She was proud of her ability to make colorful yarn for her weavings from scratch.

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Agueda Martinez with her daughter Luisa Garcia.


One of Alfredo's paintings hanging in his home.

Alfredo Arreguín knew that he wanted to be an artist and was educated in the arts. However, he was uncertain of his direction as an artist. He knew art history and something about technique and form, but finding his own style was difficult. His search meant seclusion and introspection as he began to explore things that inspired him. He recalled the rich images from his childhood in Mexico. Like the faces and animals in his paintings, his unique style emerged from his subconscious.

Some of his patterns are inspired by the natural forms and designs of Mexican folk arts and architecture. His home, like his paintings, is a lush jungle of imagery and color.

Although his work is two dimensional, his intricate compositions create a sense of space and depth.

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Folk art and decorative objects
adorn Alfredo's home.