Ever since I saw a fuchsia painted stable on the cover of one of my prized architecture books at USC, I knew I had to visit the land of technicolor buildings.
Luis Barragán’s Mexico City is a world painted in magenta, where stables are modern art and where color has emotion. On this day long tour by The Traveling Beetle, we hopped into a vintage lemon and followed in the footsteps of one of Mexico's most emblematic, but also intensely-private architects: Luis Barragán. We discovered this illustrious precursor of Mexican modern architecture through a wide variety of his work in the city, and how light, color, texture, space and even his deep-rooted faith were common denominators in all of his projects. A journey into the life and work of Barragán showcased his indelible imprint on the nation's architecture.
According to Barragán, "Beauty is the oracle that speaks to us all. The ideal space must contain elements of magic, serenity, sorcery and mystery."
In the fall of 2016, I, and ten other woman, traveled from Los Angeles to Fujino, a suburb outside of Tokyo to study indigo textiles with Bryan Whitehead. Most of our two weeks was spent seeing Japan through the textile arts. Days were spent waking up, coming down for our morning craft or history lesson, enjoying a communal lunch and then trying a new technique. We pleated and folded, twisting old fabrics around ropes and cutting stencils from handmade mulberry paper. We studied the art of Japanese Stencils Katazome under the watchful eye of a third generation Kimono master. By making rather than just touring, we learned to see the real Japan.
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