Bolero Jacket: Screen printed and hand dyed, raw silk with full linning. Hand embroidery using gold metallic thread and hand sewn pink glass beads to accent design.
Size: 4-10 womens
For Sale: 500.00
Japanese Kimono: One of a kind print created with indigo dye. Shibori hand dyed 100% linen.
For Sale: 300.00
Hand Woven Shawl: 100% mercerized cotton.
Inspiration: Beautiful gradations of colors were Inspired by my colorful mexican heritage.
For Sale: 350.00
Hand Woven Jacket: 100% rayon, hand woven, and shibori dyed to create this gorgeous mixture of colors.
"Fully lined and very warm" This jacket is a vintage replica with various alterations.
For Sale: 600.00
Size 14 jacket
Pancho: Hand woven 100% rayon. This pattern is called an overshot that used 2 shuttles of 2 different color yarns to achieve this sharp crisp pattern that compliments this panch. The frog closures were pigment hand dyed to match the peach color of yarn used. Fully lined and very warm.
For Sale: 400.00
Mirella Jacket: Silk screen pigment printing on 100% raw silk. Hand sewn green glass beads. This piece was inspired by my best friend who converted to the muslim way of life. These designs are my interpretations of the swirls and loops found on the Quran.
Tailored Mexican-American Family Portraits
by Diana Leiva
I am a Mexican–American Fiber Artist whose artistic impetus stems from both my cultural history as well as the influence of my female relatives. My grandmother was always cutting out pieces of fabric and sewing them onto towels and anything else she could find. I learned to love textiles and rich colors because of her fabric collection.
My heritage inspires the ideas behind my work. My family has intermarried with ethnicities and religions other than Mexican and this has broadened my world philosophically and visually. For this series of jackets I created softly constructed professional jackets for the women in my family. The jackets could be considered abstract portraits of the strength and power of women in my family. The designs reflect specific women and the colors reference the designs that they select in their own domestic worlds.
I favor the process of creating repeat designs with textile techniques such as shibori, hand-weaving, and silk-screening. I dyed, wove and printed cloth, and then constructed custom tailored jackets through manipulating patterns and sewing. The design process begins with reference images I photograph from my families homes as well as from things that remind me of them. I further develop these fragments into paper sketches, which I manipulate digitally to create my repeat patterns that look best on full-figured women.
I want whomever wears my designs to be infused with the strength, confidence and sophistication of the designs and cut of the cloth. In some cultures cloth is seen as a talisman against injury. The strength of my heritage is imprinted and woven into these garments, bathing the wearer in the vitality of my family.