Saturday, January 7, 2012
9:30 am - Noon
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Santa Fe
Award-winning tapestry artist, weaving in the Chimayo/Rio Grande tradition, will discuss her work
One week after graduating from the University of New Mexico with a degree in marketing, Lisa Rockwood married Irvin Trujillo and started her weaving career. Although Lisa had always been artistically inclined, she had never woven before meeting Irvin. She proved an apt pupil. She started by weaving small pieces and early on began challenging herself with more and more complex designs. She began dying yarn with natural dyes when she started weaving, and started spinning a couple of years later. As she continued to weave more complex pieces she would try weaving finer and larger pieces in the Saltillo style, using her own handspun and natural dyed yarns. Each of these projects took about a year to complete. Her other weavings allow her to pursue other ideas, and to work in other traditional styles.
Lisa's designs are generally within the guidelines of traditional Rio Grande weaving. While she has great respect for the Rio Grande Spanish tradition, she was not born into the culture and tradition. Therefore, she brings her own non-Hispanic background to her weaving. Since it is impossible to keep from expressing herself in her weaving, the results keep changing as time passes.
Lisa and Irv own and operate Centinela Traditional Arts in Chimayo, New Mexico. They both are award-winning artists whose work has been shown in, and collected by, museums across the United States, including the Smithsonian. If you haven't visited their studio you should go sometime. It's a lovely drive to Chimayo and Centinela Traditional Arts is an interesting place.