Artisan Profile: Meliton Lopez

Our newest and most fun artisan collaboration to date is with master weaver Don Meliton Lopez. He is quite a character and even without meeting him, you’d know he is en eccentric artist just by seeing his work.

His weavings are a wonderful look back at the textile lovin’ 70’s and 80’s, the time period when his career as a great Mexican weaver took off. Remember when fiber arts and wall hangings were all the rage  and every one and their grandma had a fabulous shag rug? That’s his schtick.

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When the preference towards minimalism arrived in the 1990’s,  orders for Meliton’s energetic weavings slowed down a great deal and he has been patiently waiting for the look he has mastered in his eclectic work to come back into fashion ever since.  Well, it’s back now, BIG, and he’s ready.

His shock of brown hair, ends in little curls, not so unlike that of the very merino wool he weaves into massive and beautiful rugs. He can weave anything into a rug or tapestry, he showed me on my last visit, tufts of brown longish fur poking out of a cream wool area rug he had just finished, “es cabello de camello” he said, camel hair. Say what?

My husband says that I have become too obsessed with weaving and has decreed that he is officially  jealous of Meliton. I work with many artisans in a variety of disciplines, wood working, knitting, beading, crocheting etc, but none of those have take over my heart like this weaving thing has. Day and night I obsessively plan up new designs to create with Meliton and new textures to explore, I’ve even just this morning, signed up for a weaving class to better understand his work and to hopefully begin to create my own art. I’m so very excited about this project and the places we can go with his expert weaving hands manning the helm.

Stay tuned for more of Meliton’s amazing work in collaboration with Mexchic.

you can purchase his work in our store, here

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braided palm strung with yarns of pink and baby blue hang from a piece of bamboo,

a potentially fabulous window treatment or wall hanging

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playing around with textures 

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woven rug in the style of stoner favorite, M.C. Eesher 

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preparing our Palomita rugs!

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Elton Lopez, Meliton’s teenage son, help’s prepare the wool for weaving.

He hand dyes the wool in every color under the rainbow and then hand spins each spool, full of colorful yarn. 

Elton is learning how to weave along with helping is father set up a website. 

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Teresa Lopez, Meliton’s wife finishes each rug by hand

adding the looped fringes to each piece

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