A rich textile history in Dabeiba, Colombia

textiles in dabeiba


About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where many circles overlap. They’re a queer, multi-racial/lingual artist, activist & academic passionate about using common or discarded objects, stories, zines, and performance in public spaces to make accessible art. Their research examines how we practice “hope” and meaning through space, architecture and the environment. They’re currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, where they were involved in queer Asian activism and making art, they received the Watson Fellowship to travel the world in search of queer artists and activists and made 8 zines highlighting what they learned under their publishing house Queer Scribe Productions. From 2014-2015 she lived in Ecuador and traveled by bicycle from Ecuador to Colombia cataloging traditional textiles, music and food. After returning, they built and lived in a mobile tiny house for a year (until selling it in May 2016).


  1. Miyuki, what kinds of pens do you use for your basic body text? the line quality is really nice but you have so many colors. And what size paper do you do your original journal pages on?

    • p.s. glad you’re feeling better!

    • Hey! I used to use these awesome markers that could clip together that I bought in India. Now I use Faber Castell (sp?) markers I bought in Ecuador! I like them a lot! I just use whatever size paper I can find in the country I’m in. Now that I’m back in the U.S. it’s 8.5″X11″. Since I use a scanner I realized that it’s best to use the local paper although I’ll occasionally use random found paper. After the original pages are scanned I put them together in Photoshop! Hope that helps :):) thanks for asking!

      • Ah, the Photoshop is the key! I was wondering how you managed to fit so much in. Digital age, duh. I really enjoy your journal style and admire how it’s been developing over the past several years. It always reminds me to pick up a pen more often.

    • Thanks Simone 😉 Yeah it has evolved over the years hasn’t it!? Also here’s a link to a photo of the pages with markers: https://instagram.com/p/3phppUCzfV/
      Hope you’re well!!

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