Chloë Sayer

(London, UK)

Chloë is a freelance specialist in Mexican art and culture. A Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, she has made ethnographic collections and carried out fieldwork in Mexico and Belize for the British Museum. She has curated exhibitions of Mexican folk art, and has worked on television documentaries about Mexico for the BBC and Channel 4. She lectures extensively, and has led several tours to Oaxaca.

Her many books include Crafts of Mexico (Aldus Books, 1977), Mexican Textiles (British Museum Press, 1990), The Arts and Crafts of Mexico (Thames & Hudson, 1990), Mexican Patterns: A Design Sourcebook ((Studio Editions, 1990), Textiles from Mexico (British Museum Press, 2002) and Fiesta: Days of the Dead and Other Mexican Festivals (British Museum Press, 2009). She is the co-author of The Skeleton at the Feast: The Mexican Day of the Dead (British Museum Press, 1991), Traditional Mexican Architecture (Thames & Hudson, 1993) and Mask Arts of Mexico (Thames & Hudson, 1994). She has written essays for Artes de México and for several British journals.

Chloë has been documenting the popular arts and culture of Oaxaca since the early 1970s. Her admiration for the cultural continuity and immense skill shown by Oaxaca’s many makers and creators has informed her writing and her work over several decades. Chloë served as a juror in FOFA’s 2008 young artists’ competition.

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