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franciscotoledo

Francisco Toledo (Mexico) painter, sculptor, photographer, and activist committed to preserving the social, cultural, and ecological legacy of his home state of Oaxaca. Together with his wife, artist Trine Ellitsgaard, he established numerous public access institutions to benefit the local community, including the Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca; Centro de las Artes de San Agustín; and El Taller Arte Papel. By inviting visiting international artists and friends to donate books to Oaxaca’s libraries, Francisco ensures that the local community has access to global knowledge. Christina considers Francisco her mentor; the two share a natural synergy in how they work with artisans, generously share knowledge, and encourage traditional craftsmanship as a source of identity and pride. Meeting Francisco and Trine in 1996 opened dosa to a new world of ideas and possibilities in Oaxaca. (1996) See also El Taller Arte Papel; Trine Ellitsgaard

fromental

Fromental (UK) renowned handpainted wallpaper and fabric company started in 2005 by Tim Butcher and Lizzie Deshayes. Their combined experiences in fashion, interiors, and textile chemistry helped develop a specialized paint that adheres to fabric without cracking. Tim, formerly of de Gournay, began collaborating with dosa in 1999. dosa’s handpainted fabrics are made by Fromental’s master craftsmen in China and London. (1999)