“Craft Unraveled”: Denja Harris and Rafael Rios-Mathioudakis


1:00 PM – 3:00 PM on Sat, March 5, 2022

Mingei International Museum: Balboa Park


About the event:
Craft Unraveled invites you to observe the magic of craftsmanship, asking questions about materials, creative processes and the meaning of craftsmanship. After Glenn Adamson’s lecture, join textile artist Denja Harris and blacksmith Rafael Rios-Mathioudakis as they demonstrate their craft.

About the artists:
Denja Harris is a textile artist based in San Diego, California. Her work explores the world around her, reimagined in experimental fiber art. Examining nostalgia by sourcing unsold yarn in playful, vibrant colors and a variety of textures, she creates free-form, layered abstract patterns that take shape in an organic process. Its objective is to bring the spectator out of his current reality and to explore his own unconscious imagination. Each piece reflects work that is never duplicated, revealing how function and artistry can be combined to enhance a space and emphasize visual stimulation.

Learn more about Denja Harris in this interview with Ashley Christie of The Mingei.

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Rafael Rios Mathioudakis is a goldsmith specializing in the work of gold, silver, bronze and copper. Born in Guatemala City and now living in San Diego, his journey as a blacksmith began on a trip to the Americas. In 2015, Elijo Rojas, a master of Filigree jewelry, took Rafael on as an apprentice in Mompox, Colombia. They focused on the ancient metalworking process that originated in Yemen and spread to the European continent before moving to the American continent due to colonization. After this learning process, Rafael spent six years exploring other techniques and finding his own style. He now owns a small jewelry studio in the heart of Barrio Logan and it is there that he creates, teaches and presents his work.

For more information, contact Gabrielle Romberger at Mingei.

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