Inspired by the beauty of Mexican culture, I create happy, bright and colorful art with Tapestry Crochet. My artistic name, Paquiliztli, which means happiness in Nahuatl, is meant to express a sense of pride, empowerment and happiness through my art.
Ever since I started crocheting in 2010, I have been addicted to the repetitive, calming and creative nature of this art . I learned to crochet from my mother and also learned a great deal from books and videos. Through experimentation, I have created my own crochet techniques that allow me to create works of art. I love Tapestry Crochet because I can materialize my creative visions and show others a new perspective on the potential of crochet.
The uniting theme of all my tapestry crochet pieces is the sense of beauty, pride and empowerment that they convey. I have hand woven many pieces that showcase indigenous people as agents of beauty who are in control of their own destiny. For example, my piece, Tinochimeh Tixochimeh, 2016 which translates to “We are all flowers” depicts a nahua woman enclosed in flowers. She is a strong and beautiful woman whose depiction commands respect.
My artworks have garnered positive attention, recognition and awesome opportunities. Remezcla.com and Vogue Knitting magazine published articles my work in 2014. In 2016, I received the Functional Fiber Art Award in the Los Angeles Quiltshow and Fiber Fest. Dolores Huerta, who is a prominent civil rights leader, wore one of my pieces as the Grand Marshall during the SF Carnaval Festival 2016. La Opinion newspaper, the most widely read Spanish language newspaper, featured an article of my work in March 2022.
I moved to the United States from Mexico at the age of four. I obtained a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry at UCSD and a Doctorate of Pharmacy at UCSF. My educational experiences were instrumental in forming my identity. My involvement in Mexican folkloric dancing, Aztec dancing, student empowerment organizations, and cultural courses in college consolidated my identity and are the fountain of my artistic inspiration.
Mexica mihtotihquetl (Aztec Dancer)
Crochet tapestry, 60" x 30"