10 QUESTIONS WITH TEXTILE DESIGNER JOSLYN VILLALPANDO

10 QUESTIONS WITH TEXTILE DESIGNER JOSLYN VILLALPANDO

Joslyn Villalpando is a working artist and art educator in Chicago. After studying fine art and art education at the University of Cincinnati she spent 8 years teaching elementary art. While teaching, she completed her master's degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), studying the impact of craft and fiber art on art education. She teaches several textile art workshops on Dabble. 

What’s your favorite book?

Anything by Malcolm Gladwell!

Favorite movie?

The Sound of Music

Favorite TV show?

Project Runway

When did you realize you wanted to share your passion/skill?

I started hosting craft workshops with my friends in my small condo. Each would be around a theme and would include a batch cocktail and treats. Around the holidays, I taught them how to stitch up little felt ornaments and made a hot bourbon cider with spiced cookies for us. Or, for Valentine's Day, we used block printing to make our own cards. We ate pink frosted cookies and drank a pink gin cocktail. These were my absolute favorite nights- getting to hang out with my favorite people, make something, and eat & drink?! Perfection! It was these small gatherings that planted the seed for creating a full business.

Did you go to school for your craft or teach yourself?

I did. I studied Fine Arts in undergrad and got my Master's Degree in Art Education with a focus on craft and fiber art.  

If you could choose a spirit animal what would it be?

I've been told I'm a deer and I suppose that makes sense!

What makes you laugh until you cry?

The Austin Powers trilogy, ahthankyou!

How do you like to spend your weekend?

If I'm not busy crafting or hosting workshops, I love the farmer's markets, biking, swimming, and intimate dinner parties at our place.

What’s your favorite city and why?

Is it cliche to say Paris? I dream of going back to eat croissants, wander the streets, people watch, pop into museums, and enjoy all the sites and smells!

Where do you find inspiration?

I am so inspired by the female makers who are constantly pushing traditional craft media to new boundaries. I love reading about the history of craft and how it is constantly evolving, especially in the United States and how that history connects to women in particular.

Check out one of her upcoming workshops in Chicago! 

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