Josh Tafoya is a textile artist born and raised in Taos, NM that works within the concepts of his heritage and furthering traditional craft. Influenced by Taos’s multitude of arts, he began his career in the arts with a BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons New School of Design in New York. His work focuses on the concepts of art on the body, using his knowledge of textiles, construction, and illustration to translate concepts of culture, heritage, and the ideas of modern tribalism.
This led him to reflect on his New Mexican home, and its rich textile history. Coming from a ranching grandfather and a weaving grandmother, his work came full circle in bringing his knowledge of fashion into traditional Spanish loom weaving.
Tafoya now explores old and new techniques in his weavings and garments, his process keeping old traditions alive while covering new ground, furthering the conversation of his New Mexican heritage.