Sheri Brautigam lived in Mexico in the colonial city of Oaxaca starting in early 2009 – mid 2011, while pursuing her passion for documenting ‘living’ (those still currently in use) indigenous textiles of Mexico. Currently Sheri lives in Santa Fe, NM, and travels frequently to Oaxaca and Chiapas.
In a past life Sheri spent 18 years custom designing textile products and art-to-wear from her design studio in San Francisco, CA. She also has extensive experience in teaching marketing and product development workshops to textile artists, textile depts. at local universities and design schools, and several years as an art-rep to the interior design market in the Bay Area.
Over the last 20 years she has been based in Taos and then Santa Fe, New Mexico and has lived and traveled in Ecuador and other Andean countries, plus Mexico, while buying and selling devotional art, indigenous textiles and jewelry to the Ethnic Arts market in New Mexico, California and Texas. She is currently documenting her textile adventures on Flickr, FaceBook and this blog. She gives lectures to interested collectors and fiber guilds as well as textile conferences in Canada and the US. (Listings coming soon of presentation schedule….) and presentations through the Museo Textile of Oaxaca.
Sheri came to Mexico initially 2007 as an English Language Fellow (ELF) with the US State Dept through the US Embassy in Mexico City. She’s trained English teachers in the State of Mexico, at an Escuela Normal in Atlacomulco and then moved onto Oaxaca as an ‘English Language Specialist’ providing in-service training to Mexican English teachers through local universities.