we are: oax-i-fornia is an academic project based on the
idea of play as a starting point for collaboration and exchange
between artisans, designers, and artists. Now in its sixth year,
the project is directed by designer Raul Cabra and held through
California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. Oax-i-fornia
takes place at the Ex-Hacienda de Guadalupe in the town of San
Jeronimo Tlacochahuaya, outside the city of Oaxaca.
what we do: oax-i-fornia’s main goal is to broaden creative opportunities
for local artisans through multidisciplinary and collaborative
work with other professionals in visual and creative fields. the
project aims to provide longevity to ancestral traditions in contemporary
who participates: workshops are held once a year during the summer and are
open to both CCA and non-CCA students as well as to professionals in
creative fields. Artisans working in all crafts are invited to
apply at any time during the year.
where we sell: a number of pieces are produced each year and are added to
the inventory of selected pieces from previous workshops. because each
artisan is owner of the new designs produced, they retail in a
wide range of venues, with the exception of group shows organized
by the project itself.
currently, pieces from Oax-i-fornia are sold in Oaxaca at the
stores Blackbox and Tienda Q, as well at the Chinati Foundation
in Marfa, Texas.