Mayan Portrait Sculptures

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The fine art of fiber wall sculptures and hangings by Wendy Carpenter:

My work reveals a personal expressionism style through borderline "abstract-literal" interpretations. Fiber art that captures the emotion and power of objects through abstracting the natural world.anf cultural lifestyles.

I work with the Mayan Women of Guatemala through a mission project entitled “Creating Revenue through the Arts"  teaching them how to design and sew with their hand weaved Jaspe' fabric. My fair trade project provides a specialized skill and higher standard of living for the women, their families, and the indigenous community as a whole.  

My “Mayan Portrait” sculptures are hand weaved with cut strips of hand weaved Mayan fabric. I wove a tube, stuffed it, and off-loom manipulated the tube into a feminine form. I used traditional Mayan colors and embellished the sculptures to give an appearance of long hair and a small female stature. The sculptures are sold as a trio because Mayan women group together, walk hand-in-hand through their daily activities. I am expressing my respect for the indigenous society of Guatemala. It’s a commemorative work expressing the arduous indigenous lifestyle for women and their ability to preserve their historical traditions.