Mamakona’s Dream

 Quilted Batik, Embroidery, Beads, Acrylic Paint

”24Lx24”W, 1”D


On the journey to the sacred mountain Wakaywilka in the Andes Mountains in Peru, we visited the ancient temple of the Mamakonas–elder women who resided in the ancient past at the top of the world.  Their life purpose was to connect with the mountains and Spirit, and dream the vision of humanity into the waters that ran abundantly around the temple and down the mountainside.  On another trip to Tolantongo, Mexico, I saw the Mamakonas’ faces in the rocks and the waterfalls and I knew in my heart that they still exist, everywhere where there is moving waters.


“Wisdom is offered to me through shamanic training and world traveling is my inspiration. Making art pieces on concepts such as ‘forgiveness’ or ‘balance’ is my study of relationships with life. 

As I work my pieces, I can meditate on the aspects of the concept and work these perceptions into the construction for an evolving understanding of the original concept. I work with many materials; from hand-dyeing fabrics to painting, sewing, beading, collage.  

As I cultivate a piece, concepts develop further into the abstract, to ultimately create a story that is personal to me, but still open to free interpretation.”


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