Fiber artist Miki Rodriguez frequently incorporates cardboard, found objects, fabric scraps, and plastics in her work. Inspired by her hometown of Laredo, Texas, and Mexican muralistas, the former painter uses vibrant colors grounded by strong black lines. “Our lives are surrounded by wasted materials every day. I am lured to these countless varieties of discarded objects. I collect stuff through the eyes of an opportunist. I bask in layers of castoffs including found objects, papers, plastics, yarns, twine, and clothing. Then I gather, integrate and attach them onto used fabric surfaces,” she says.