IFAM is proud to introduce the Spring 2019 Folk Art Matters is a series of lectures, artist demonstrations, and pop-up sales – all designed to showcase and embody IFAM’s five core values:

  • Women’s empowerment
  • Creativity
  • Sustainability
  • Cultural Preservation
  • Entrepreneurship and Social Impact

These invite our various audiences to experience the deep cultural impulses that shape IFAM and inform the creation of folk art from around the world. All events are held at IFAM Headquarters at 620 Cerrillos Rd. Lectures are free and open to the public


Fashion, Women’s Empowerment, and the Global Craft Economy: Presentation on Folk Art and Women’s Empowerment and Pop-Up Sale featuring the work of Laotian artist groups Ock Pop Tok, Passa Paa, and Blanc De Noir & Co.

Opening Reception, Pop-Up Sale, and Presentation

  • Thursday, March 28, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Pop Up Market

  • Friday, March, 29, 10:00 am-5:00 pm

  • Saturday, March 30, 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Presentation by Hilary Kilpatric, Director of Marketing and Sales and Strategic Partnerships at Ock Pop Tok and former Associate Director, Artist Development and Social Impact at IFAM. She will be joined by Tricia English, Founder, and Editor of UNUM Magazine, for a Q&A. UNUM magazine is a global magazine dedicated to highlighting and celebrating women, of diverse backgrounds, by sharing their personal stories and achievements

Women’s empowerment is a core belief of the International Folk Art Market. At IFAM 2019, 88% of the participants will be women. By empowering women to participate fully in economic life, communities are made stronger, achieve sustainability, and the quality of life for women, men, and families are improved.

The Laotian featured artist includes the works from Ock Pop Tok, a women-led Lao cooperative based in Luang Prabang that is one of the largest and most well-respected textile producers in Southeast Asia. Ock Pop Tok’s goal is elevating the status of Lao textiles and increasing economic opportunities, which enhance the quality of life for artisans and their families.

Passa Paa, also located in Luang Prabang, focuses on keeping the Hmong design and tradition in modern society. Passa Paa is rooted in Hmong textile traditions of geometric patterns, embroidery, and appliqué – all of which are enlivened with a youthful and freewheeling embrace of new possibilities.

Blanc de Noir is a team of artisans who are actively preserving jewelry-making techniques that are in danger of being lost. Blanc de Noir, now entering its fourth decade, puts subtle twists on ancient designs.

The Pop-Up Sale will also feature exquisite items from other female artists and cooperatives including items from Bibi Hanum (Uzbekistan), Durban African Arts Center (South Africa), Self Help Enterprise (SHE) India, Sulafa Embroidery Centre (Palestine), Janakpur Women’s Development Center (JWDC) in Southern Nepal, and many others.


My Heart is in the Art: Volunteering at IFAM and Other Ways to Change the World
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Join us at the IFAM Offices on the opening day of volunteer registration for a presentation by long-time IFAM volunteers. Enjoy refreshments, connect with old friends, and sign up to volunteer for IFAM 2019.

May Day Celebration
Eileen Fisher Renew featuring IFAM Artist and IOU Project Pop Up Sale
Presentation on Folk Art and Sustainability
Wednesday, May 1- 4, 2019

Join us at the IFAM Offices for a celebration of sustainability and be the first to secure your tickets for the Market. The festivities will feature a Pop-Up Sale of Eileen Fisher’s up-cycled Renew products featuring IFAM artist Adiv Pure Nature, Juana and Porfirio’s Gutierrez Contreras, Gasali Adeyemo, and Haiti Projects as well as apparel from the IOU Project. Following the reception will be a discussion with Kavita Parmar, the co-founder of the IOU Project.

The IOU Project makes unique, handmade, traceable apparel. Each item is made from a different two-meter textile known as a Lungi, a fabric hand-woven for centuries in the Tamil Nadu region of India. Because each fabric is unique, the IOU Project provides end buyers with the ability to trace the process from finished item right down to the weaver that hand-wove the fabric. The stories of how the items were created, the people involved, and the customers who purchased them, are the essence of the e-commerce social network. The IOU Project has built a meeting place for a community that shares our brand values of authenticity, transparency, uniqueness and both social and environmental responsibility.

Eileen Fisher’s Renew project focuses on building a better fashion industry by transforming the conventional cycle of consumerism and design a future without waste. The take-back and reuse program aims to preserve the value of our clothes at every stage, in any condition and transform them into timeless pieces. Clothes are donated that can no longer be worn, are transformed and remade to one-of-a-kind designs—and scraps are saved because they’re tomorrow’s raw materials. Renew project works closely with IFAM artist and their materials including Adiv Pure Nature with yellow marigold Dyes, Juana Gutierrez Contreras with the reds, pinks, oranges, and purples of cochineal, Gasali Adeyemo with Yoruba indigo, and Haiti Projects with fine embroidery.

Past Folk Art Matters Lectures

Jeff Snell, CEO, International Folk Art Market
Social Entrepreneurship + IFAM: Impacting the Global Artisan Sector
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Porfirio Gutierrez, Master Weaver in the Zapotec Tradition
Natural Dye Demonstration and Lecture
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Andrew Hale, Author, and Director of Anahita Gallery, Inc.
The Eternal Garden, Central Asian Embroidered Suzani: Myth, Magic, and Merchandise
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Suzanne Sugg, IFAM Director, Clothing and Accessories Designer
Textile Techniques and Treasures at IFAM
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Alden Zecha, founding partner at We Scale Impact
Counterfeit Items – Risks and Solutions
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Keith Recker, IFAM Creative Director
2018 IFAM Artist Preview and Brunch
Sunday, July 8, 2018

Kim Meredith and Mayor Alan Webber
Social Entrepreneurship: Inspiring Innovation in Business, Government and Nonprofits
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Kathleen Kelly Janus
Social Startup Success: How to Maximize Impact for Social Causes: Lecture and Booksigning
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Fred de Sam Lazaro (Under-Told Stories, PBS) Presented with Creative Santa Fe
Friday, July 13, 2018

Mary Anne Wise
Lecture and Book Signing
“Rug Money: How A Group of Maya Women Changed Their Lives Through Art and Innovation”
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Dr. Suzanne (Suzy) Seriff
“Recycled, Re-Seen—Revisited: Critical Reflections on Folk Art from the Global Scrap Heap”
Thursday, December 13, 2018