Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Patricia Johnson

Second Advisor

Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez

Third Advisor

Tiffany Lambert


In this body of work, I’ve collaborated with four artisans from my home country, Guatemala: Apolonio Vicente, Vinicio Vicente, Mario Poz and Manuel Otsojay. They all use traditional craft methods with natural materials: wicker, wool, and cotton. I interweave, overlap, and knot mementos from my childhood with current ideas and dialogues that contain loose threads to the work. All of the layers merge in fluid forms with texture and movement. The curtains let light in, the rug sets warmth, and the “cayuco” invites you to slow down.

I aim to push back against the devaluing of craft traditions, especially in a globalized market. For a modernist form and function to give way to a more horizontal and inclusive approach between different kinds of makers. These works aim to sustain traditional Guatemalan craft, job opportunities for local communities, and building collaborative infrastructure.


View exhibition online: Estefanía de Ros, Loose threads / Hilos sueltos



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