Mendocino County, its people, communities, educational and arts institutions have shaped his art practice and instilled in Pavlos a deep commitment to assisting others so that they can experience their own artistic and communal successes.
Pavlos currently is the Fiber Arts Coordinator at the Mendocino Art Center where he works hard to bring local, regional, and national artist/instructors to Mendocino so that students can learn and experience world class fiber art instruction and learn new techniques.
He adamantly states, “I want all students and instructors to have the best experience possible.” That’s his guiding principle.
Pavlos will be representing the Fiber Arts department of MAC at the American Craft Council’s San Francisco show at their “Let’s Make” event this August.
He also serves as an instructor in the art department at Mendocino College in Fort Bragg. In Fall 2016 he will be teaching Fabric Printing and Dyeing I and II (ART176A, ART176B) as well as Art and Craft Marketing (ART191).
Pavlos is an active board member of Pacific Textile Arts in Fort Bragg where he recently helped lead a team to create PTA’s logo. Students from his Mendocino College Fabric Printing and Dyeing class will be exhibiting at Pacific Textile Arts during the month of June with a First Friday opening from 5PM – 8PM. (June 3rd) 450 Alger Street in Fort Bragg.
He is also an artist member of Northcoast Artists Gallery serving on its membership committee and he also helps staff the gallery. Pavlos will be having a solo exhibition at Northcoast in November 2016.
In his former life, Pavlos was an advertising and small business consultant with AT & T before deciding to become a weaver and surface designer. He received a certificate in Weaving/Textiles from Mendocino College in Ukiah with a 4.0 average and was awarded two scholarships before earning his B.S. Skidmore College, and an M.F.A. Interdisciplinary Art, Goddard College.
Mayakis is an artist-weaver who creates contemporary intuitive abstract mixed media assemblages by often, but not always using nontraditional screen printing techniques to act as a point of departure for intentional mark making on silk noil cloth. Fragments of painted loom controlled shibori cloth or other objects are cooperatively stitched or attached on the canvas.
He also spearheads the Sustainable Napkin Project that he was awarded the Socially Engaged Practices Grant by the Surface Design Association to draw awareness to the billions of tons of paper waste that end up in our land fills as a direct result of our consumer consumption of paper napkins.
Pavlos encourages everyone to carry a cloth napkin in your pocket to use at restaurants. His hand dyed napkins are available at both Northcoast Artists Gallery at the Mendocino Art Center’s giftshop.
View his website at http://pavlosmayakis.com