Threading graffiti by Laura Ortiz Vega

Look closely, this is not spray paint. Mexican artist, Laura Ortiz Vega, takes things made of stone and paint, things aggressive and chaotic, and transforms them into something delicate and beautiful using the traditional techniques of the Huichol people – ‘Painting‘ the surface of her panel with colourful threads glued with a natural bees wax called cera de Campeche.

Much of the graffiti she captures can be found around her native surroundings of Mexico City, where Vega sees her role as a documentary artist, preserving the street art of her native city. Vega pays homage to this traditional art form while subverting it at the same time, transforming it into something new and fascinating. Paint becomes thread, an old technique gets new life, and something momentary gets woven into permanence.

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About the author

A love of traveling, art, and denim saw this Brit native mix them all up. The result was art crafted from denim and a new home in Sweden. Even though he once lived in Australia and never rode a wave, Denimu is only slightly better with a keyboard and likes to write about the things he has seen on his travels and the people he meets along the way.