Seeing with new eyes.

The film course I attended in the past week has given me a gift. Of course anything new we do does exactly that, it depends on how we implement the new knowledge.

First of all I shared experiences with  other students and instructors who left me with no doubt that there are different ways of seeing exactly the same thing. We, as a group were three different nationalities and cultures.


We were not just a group of people learning a technique.  For just a short time in our lives we became part of a much larger 'group', the village of  Teotitlan.


The people we filmed live their art, it's who they are, their art is their being, their livelihood and their heritage. 

Virtually every home is a showcase for the talent of the artisans. Brick and adobe homes on rough cobblestone streets. Decoratively painted walls, rugs hanging from the doorways and bright painted signs offer a hint of the delights you will find inside. Generally a series of rooms surround a central courtyard. Most we encountered have cement or tiled floors, sometimes neatly swept dirt. The walls are painted violet, orange,  yellow and inspire you with their choice of color.


In the courtyard of the Arte de Sega family is a huge tree which shades the surrounding verandas. Amid the sound of turkeys, chickens and smell of wood fire is the sound of the looms click, clack, bang.


We filmed the process  of growing silk worms, harvesting the cocoons, the dying of the garment and the weaving.


Our film was shown to the community in a gathering on Thursday evening and I was a little nervous about their reaction to our endeavors.

The reaction was one of emotion from several of the participants, the subjects of the documentaries and from the community in general.


A man we had met casually at a restaurant, stood and expressed his thoughts with deep emotion, thanking us for sharing the talents of village with the world. It was rather a shock to me because I figured we needed to thank them for allowing us to film and be in the village.

Seeing with new eyes has been their gift to me.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Dear Pam, I have been following your blog since I discovered it, a couple of weeks and especially your trip to Mexico. I’m argentina, and I’m living in Mexico, in Morelia, Michoacan, and I wonder if you’re staying here, because I have a group of friends to those we love the quilt and would like to know if you give some other course before to leave this beautiful country. It would be an honor for us to attend or to arrange to meet you. Excuse my English is not very good.

  2. Hi Pammy,
    reading your blog has reminded me of a passage from the book “The Fellowship of the Ring”.
    As they start their journey they talk about Bilbo who said there was only one road and it was like a great river, its springs were at every doorstep and every path was its tributary.
    “I’ts a dangerous business going out your door, you step into the road and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept to.”
    Sounds as if you have been swept to something exceptional.

  3. Pam says:

    What a great analogy… yes, it’s true. You especially and my other quilting buddies are always in my mind when I see the beautiful textiles here in Mexico…
    You know, when you suddenly realize something… GO with it.

  4. Nola says:

    I really appreciated the emotion and photos expressed in “seeing with new eyes”.
    Looking forward to see how you express what you have learnt as you move forward in this exciting adventure of life.The use of colour in their homes seems so much more adventurous than ours. I wonder why we are so hesitant?
    Thankyou Pam xx

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