Practice with honor and respect

Maria Calderon has spent her entire life dedicated to studying Andean fiber arts and weaving in the Andean highlands where her fathers Quechua relatives reside. As someone who respects traditional crafts, Maria did not work specifically in the traditional forms of her ancestors until she felt she could approach the forms with respect and honor. She observed and studied traditional weaving and plant dyes and referenced them in her paintings for nearly 13 years before she focused on creating the plant color that inspired her paintings. She regards traditional dyeing as a sacred practice with great cultural weight and energy.