Weaving Our Destiny, Summer 2017
Photo image of "Weaving Our Destiny" mosaic mural

“Weaving Our Destiny” emerged as we looked to connect the present to the past and future. This summer’s mural begins with traditional designs inspired by Navajo weavings. We not only used the wall as our canvas but also our loom.

Giant hands weave the strings that will compose our present as well as our future. The strings lead the way down the wall, moving in time and taking us from the wise teachings of the past and to a colorful and complex landscape. The interplay between the woven pattern and the painterly landscape create a layered composition both visually and conceptually. We blended contemporary and traditional styles to create a piece that honors ancestry but looks toward the future. The flowers are a nod toward embroidery traditions from around the world and serve as an introduction to a curandera who is surrounded by nature. She is a symbol of healing, one of our many hopes for the future.

Apprentice Artists

Desiray Maez

Jaquelin de la Cruz

Victoria Cereceres

Gabby Escarcega

Jacquelyn Yepa

Tori Lucero

Noe Barnet

Amelia Richardson

Shundiin Nakai

Jacklyn Le

Jordan Caldwell

Matthew Michalski

Aaron Rivera


Lead Apprentices

Helen Atkins

Jordyn Bernicke

James Long

Lead Artists

Vanessa Alvarado

Staci Drangmeister

Margarita Paz-Pedro

Cassandra Reid

We would like to give a special thanks to:


Mayor Richard Barry

New Mexico Clay

La Academia de Esperanza

This Project Was Funded By


New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps

City of Albuquerque Public Art Program

Heart Gallery of New Mexico Foundation