Patterns of Mending
“Patterns of Mending,” my latest series, is the result of a deep-dive into the rich and complex patterns found in indigenous tribes in Mindanao (such as Bagobo, Mandaya, Kulaman, and Bila-an), located in the Southern Philippines. Having been born in Davao (though not part of an indigenous tribe), I was inspired in coming across beautiful textile patterns from the Philippines. I combine traditional textile patterns with tools I am familiar with, including drawing, heat embossing, and printing to create a new path and connection in my artistic practice. As a Filipina American, the process of studying the diverse peoples and textiles from my homeland has instilled a pride in where I came from, providing a rich resource in battling colonialism and racist ideologies. We must know where we come from to truly move forward.