Guild Meeting - “Woven Stories: Andean Textiles and Rituals” by Andrea Heckman

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Santa Fe
9:30AM - NOON

“Woven Stories: Andean Textiles and Rituals”

Andrea Heckman has studied textiles and rituals in Peru and specifically in the Ausangate region southeast of Cuzco for over 25 years.

20,800’ Ausangate is a sacred mountain, or an Apu, to the Quechua people of Southern Peru who live near it and its presence influences all life and rituals. Their daily activities include herding alpacas and llamas, weaving, planting potatoes, pilgrimage and rites of passage. They weave the stories of their lives metaphorically into the textiles and Heckman has documented this visually through her book, Woven Stories: Andean Textiles and Rituals (2003: UNM Press) and in her film Ausangate (2006: 60 minutes). She will present this story through rich visual images.

Andrea Heckman (Ph.D. UNM, Latin American Studies, Anthropology and Art History) has researched Andean textiles and festivals for over thirty years. She was a Fulbright Scholar (Peru1996) and published Woven Stories: Andean Textiles and Rituals, which won the John Collier Award for Excellence in Visual Anthropology. She is a documentary filmmaker: Ausangate (Peru 2006); Moun- tain Sanctuary (New Mexico 2009); Bon: Mustang to Menri (India, Nepal 2011) and Woven Stories: Weaving Traditions of Northern New Mexico (2011). She teaches Anthropology and Media Arts for the University of New Mexico and serves on the Society for Visual Anthropology Board (American Anthropology Association) and lives in Taos. 


Guild Meeting - “Textural Landscapes” by Lewis Knauss

Saturday, February 2, 2013

“Textural Landscapes”
Program by Lewis Knauss

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Santa Fe
9:30AM - NOON

Lewis Knauss will present images of his work at the February meeting. He is best known for his textural landscapes that are mainly woven incorporating a wide range of materials and off-loom techniques.

He recently retired as Professor of Textile Design after more than 20 years on the faculty at Moore College of Art and Design. He has held faculty positions at several colleges and universities, and has conduced numerous workshops in the United States.

Born in Macungie, PA., Lewis has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions, and one person exhibits. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts, several Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships and the Lindbach Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2012 he was elected to the American Craft Council College of Fellows.

His work is included in numerous public and private collections. Museum collections include: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Allentown Art Museum and the Cooper - Hewitt National Design Collection.


Las Tejedoras Guild Meeting: Myra Chang Thompson - “Jerga, the Textile of Commerce”

Tuesday, January 8, 2013   
Westminster Presbyterian Church / 841 W. Manhattan Ave. / Santa Fe

Program by Myra Chang Thompson 

“Jerga, the Textile of Commerce”

Myra Chang Thompson, native weaver, spinner, and dyer will be the guest speaker for our January guild meeting. She will present a program on “Jerga, the Textile of Commerce.” 

Jergas are a traditional, Spanish Colonial textile with a long history in the Rio Grande Valley and on the Camino Real. Myra will present a short history and speak on the great importance of this utilitarian textile in New Mexico. 

Myra describes herself as a pair of hands attached to a body that can’t stop mak- ing things. She’s been playing with yarn and thread since a very young age. Myra has been a weaver for more than 35 years. A former member of the Stockton, CA Weavers Guild and the Weavers Guild of Boston, she has exhibited on both coasts. 

She maintains a teaching studio in Los Chavez, outside of Belen. Teaching weaving to children and adults is her passion. You can find her frequently teaching classes for Village Wools in Albuquerque. She is the current president of Fiber to Fin- ish Guild of Valencia County, a member of Las Aranas Spinners and Weavers Guild and a long standing member of Handweavers Guild of America.


December Guild Meeting - Barbara Arlen "Color and Design"

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Westminster Presbyterian Church,  Santa Fe
 9:30AM - NOON

 Program by Barbara Arlen
"Color and Design" 

Barbara Arlen will speak on “Color and Design” at the December 8th meeting. This visual lecture about the use of color and design will change your entire outlook for your work in your personal and professional lives. 

Barbara’s 35 years of global color, product and textile consulting with fashion and home furnishing industries has allowed her to constantly expand her expertise. 

She has taught color and design at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn; The Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC; NYIT in NYC; EWHA Women’s University in Seoul and the National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi and New Mumbai. Barbara has worked in the fashion and home furnishing areas of the Fashion industry with Kenmill Textiles, Calvin Klein Furniture, Richloom Fabrics, Dan River and Springs Industries. In the artisan sector with the Tata Trust, the Silk Export Promotion Council in India; Nathan Associates (USAID) in Morocco and other clients in Lima, Shanghai, and Rome. She recently taught color and design workshops at EVFAC.


November Meeting Tuesday the 6th

We are really lucky to have Susan Klebanoff who has done some amazing 3-dimensional work.  She hand dyes, as well as paints her threads.  Her pieces hang in many corporate offices as well as the Museum of Modern Art in Nagoya Japan, the Renwick, and the US Embassy in Russia.


Guild Meeting - Susan Klebanoff: “Creating Unique Tapestries”

Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 9:30AM
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Santa Fe

Susan Klebanoff has been creating unique tapestries for over 30 years. Klebanoff, now a New Mexico resident, had a one-person exhibit in Chevy Chase, MD in 2011. Returning to the place where she grew up, she explained her process this way “I was inspired to create this unique form of tapestry when I was swimming one day and decided to create works of art that mimic the “ephemeral” feeling of being underwater”. She developed the unique weaving and multi-layered relief process over a period of time, beginning with simple square formats and a limited color palette. “I wanted to know what the colors were doing with space,” says Klebanoff, who begins her process by painting the yarn by hand. She experimented with getting rid of color altogether and using all white, a technique she said helped her realize she could “create imagery through the shadows.”As her process evolved, Klebanoff began producing more complex works that range anywhere from a couple of feet to many yards. With each piece, the background layer is solid, while three to four layers in front contain woven and sewn shapes that give the piece movement and form.

Her works are in private collections, embassies, and corporate headquarters, as well as museums around the world. Most recently, this year, she has lectured and exhibited in Bangkok Thailand, Seoul Korea, and Tokyo Japan. View more of her tapestries at www.susanklebanoff.com.


October Guild Meeting: Sheri Brautigam will present “Collecting Mexican Textiles”

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
9:30AM - NOON

“Collecting Mexican Textiles”
Sheri Brautigam will present “Collecting Mexican Textiles” - a program she did at Convergence this year.

Sheri has been a collector of textiles from Latin America since she was a university student in Mexico City in the 1960s. For 18 years she had a design studio creating textile products and taught design and marketing workshops in San Francisco, California. Currently she is documenting traditional in- digenous textiles in Mexico and supporting revival projects through ‘Living Textiles of Mexico’ her educational organization. She lives in Santa Fe and Oaxaca, Mexico.


Guild Potluck

Saturday, September 8th, 2012
at the home of Theresa Holmes

(reversing last year’s order)
Last names starting with A through J should bring a dessert
Last names starting with the letters K through Z
should bring an entrée or salad
The Hospitality Committee will provide drinks, ice, cups, paper plates, napkins and utensils.


Save the Date

Save the Date! 
Our Las T first meeting after summer will be held on Saturday September 8th. 
It's a potluck at the home of Theresa Holmes. 
More information to follow soon on Google Groups and also in the 
newsletter . . . 


Pics from Hallman Color workshop

The color workshop given by Ted Hallman was an intense two days of color projects.  As the pictures show, we all grew in our understanding of color effects.  The projects were excellent teaching tools and we came away with useful finished pieces (or mostly finished).  You can see the pictures online at https://picasaweb.google.com/LasTejedorasGuild/TedHallmanColorWorkshopMay2012?authkey=Gv1sRgCKb5gZC0gIz78QE