Originally from Mexico, Francisco Loza creates Arte en Estambre, or pressed yarn artwork. Loza works on wood surfaces covered in special wax into which he presses brilliantly colored yarn into intricate patterns and designs – thread-by-thread. He learned his technique from working closely with Huichol artisans and Shamans of the Sierra Madre Mountains of central Mexico. To this date, he collaborates with Huichol artisans. Loza’s original art captures the cultural essence and traditions of Huichol communities and Mexican cultural traditions as well as contemporary themes including immigration and the environment. Francisco has led workshops and exhibited his art at Creative Alliance, The Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM), Walters Art Museum, the National Aquarium, and Consulate of Mexico in North Carolina.