A rich textile history in Dabeiba, Colombia

textiles in dabeiba


About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, nomadic, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist activist and healer, she uses common or discarded objects, personal anecdotes, public spaces and performance to make accessible art that brings non-mainstream identities and ideas into maximum visibility. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, she traveled for 14 months as a Watson Fellow to fifteen countries documenting the intersections of art and activism in queer/trans communities in blog posts and self-published magazines while making performance art. The eight magazines Miyuki created on this trip (queerscribe.com) and their strong media following exemplify her illustration/graphic design, storytelling and people skills. Her work has been featured in several magazines such as Hyphen, Broken Pencil and Knik, blogs and radio shows, well-known for their interactive and eye-catching mixed media approach to activism that utilizes both online media and on-site performance and workshops. This fall she will begin the PhD program at UC Berkeley in Performance Studies. You can follow her travels at heymiyuki.wordpress.com and email her at heymiyuki@gmail.com


  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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