Carolyn Kallenborn

Carolyn Kallenborn

Jane Rafferty Thiele Professor in Human Ecology, Textiles and Fashion Design Program Coordinator
3206 Nancy Nicholas Hall 1300 Linden Drive

If you just get a bunch of interesting people in a room together, amazing things will happen.

Since 2003, Carolyn Kallenborn has been working with indigenous artisans in Oaxaca, Mexico. It has been a rich exchange of ideas and culture. The inspiration for her own artwork comes from her experiences in Mexico and learning with the artists and craftsmen there.

Through my time Oaxaca I have come to appreciate the ability of art to cross boundaries. I have watched as my English speaking students  communicate with their Oaxacan teachers without a common verbal language. As artists, they understand each other through visual and physical expression that is a part of art making, even if they do not understand the words being used by the maker. Both the U.S. students and the Oaxacan teachers find commonalities and appreciation. They teach me that art crosses borders and can create understanding and healing. And to me, that’s the best that art can be.

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Carolyn's Artwork

Carolyn Kallenborn has exhibited her artwork nationally and internationally. She is the creator of the film Woven Lives, and is currently working on La Vida y Los Muertos, a new film/exhibition project about Day of the Dead in Oaxaca. / /
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