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Albuquerque, NM, United States
I have been weaving Contemporay Fine Art Tapestries for over 20 years, raising a family in the lovely Southwest. I want to show process which usually gets a back seat to product and share the trials and tribulations as well as the joy and excitement of the creation of art out of a bunch of strings. How remarkable!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Happy end of January!

Yes, January is almost at an end and I've almost finished the 2 commissioned pieces on the loom. I do them side by side as you can see and I hope to finish today as one of them is due on Monday!?! Yikes , I must hurry with this post and get weaving. The picture showing the wrapped around part of the tapestries is quite an interesting pic. One piece, on the right of the loom is a long runner type wall piece with 4 spirals, 2 Baravelles top and bottom and a Root two spiral followed by a Golden Mean Spiral. I love spirals! To me they represent so many things , among them the never ending "Learning Curve" where each time you follow a path you learn a little of something new and ascend in your knowledge.

I have also been experimenting with book recommendations and will soon have , hopefully , a second page you can access to direct order from Amazon the books that I have taken years to find and recommend as useful and fun tools for not only Weaving but Design and Color Theory and Creativity Building. Check out the 3 previous short posts and click on the BUY button to easily get the fantastic books I've recommended so far. LOGIC and DESIGN is my all time favorite as it is a wonderful mixture of eye candy and design theory and science and math and more! A beautiful book that all Artists and Art enthusiasts must have.
The 2cd book is an origami book . What is a weaver doing recommending Origami Books? Check out the PBS Documentary "BETWEEN THE FOLDS " available on instant Netflix to find out. ( watch it then order the book , from this blog please, as you found it from me, thanks).
And finally the book on collections! Talk about creativity! If you are anything like me you have collections too.

Here are some of mine from my Glass and Nipponaphilia to my cool shoes and my love of Brushwork. and eventually, hopefully, they find their way into Mixed Media Pieces. There have been some interesting discussions lately on What is The Nature Of Originality? For me the answer is different for my Tapestries than for my mixed media work. The Tapestry on the left of the loom shot was ordered as a larger version of a piece the client already purchased. As I weave it I am capturing the same spirit but some changes have to be made as the size changes. Definitely fun and a challenge and original as was the original, so to speak. In mixed media, I did not make the puzzle pieces , nor the mask or little boxes, but i consider the whole to be my original art piece.
And I love my brushwork , from the Ink grinding to the simple movements of wrist and elbow, it and the mixed media are what I do to change the pace , especially when I have weaving deadlines.
Speaking of which , due to a Gallery Glitch, where the gallery booked 2 shows at the same time , My SOLO SHOW at the WEAVING SOUTHWEST GALLERY in TAOS NM will be May 3- May 31st with an opening reception MAY 7th, a Saturday, from 6-8.
And now I must get back to WEAVING! BACK TO THE LOOM!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Some More books!!!

This is fantastic.see what you think!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Another book recommendation!

Sorry to be doing this one at a time but these are fantastic books and this is the trial run. These will be on a whole list on my website coming soon as a newly revamped site. It will be in it's full final form by may so keep looking as it changes and let me know what you think.
Meanwhile, enjoy this book as well!

Book Recommendations for you!!!!!!

I've put up a new feature of recommending books that I've collected over many years,as wonderful resources for weaving and designing. Here is just the start , a test if you will.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Happy New Year!! ( it's only 8 days old)

Happy New Year!!
Just when I think I can't get any busier I do.
Made it through the holidays intact with many visits and fun distractions from work. My best apprentice , my grand daughter Giovanna came to help me out , ( she's the shorter apprentice)

The other is Billye, a great help and good friend now after 2 years as an apprentice. She works as a nurse practitioner at the Acoma Pueblo and helps me out on the weekends).

I was approached last year by our University Hospital inquiring if I would donate a large Tapestry to their very extensive and magnificent Contemporary Art Collection, and have a solo show in their Gallery Space, the Jon Abrams Gallery so that is scheduled for July 2011.Here are pics of the piece I intend to donate in progress and finished , on January 1st!! What a nice feeling to have completion on the very first day of the New Year! It turned out to be 77" long, longer than any since my 16 footer for an atrium of an office building a while back.

After Christmas I was asked by Weaving Southwest Gallery in Taos NM to have a Solo Show in April and I jumped at the chance. And have been busy with interviews and arrangements for the show and an accompanying article in the Taos Magazine that will come out in March. Now I really need to chain myself to the loom!

But then wouldn't you know I received 2 orders from 2 different people that were the right sizes to do together , ( How Serendipitous! Rarely happens!) Their deadline is January 31st. Last week I had an appointment with a student to evaluate her 2 looms and help her set one up and give warping lesson. I provide this service locally although I have been able to evaluate some looms by photographs , but they need to be extensive.
Now with these obligations out of the way it's back to the loom!

Feng Shui Series- "Blue Water Lotus of the North"

Feng Shui Series- "Blue Water Lotus of the North"
I sold this piece on line immediately upon launching my website!