I went to the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market this past weekend. I'd never been* and so this was the year. I had seen the film, Silkies of Madagascar, at the Clothroads film festival and then read the Thrums book, Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos. Both things made me want to see the market where so many artists gather to show their art.
Tapestry weaving is the ultimate slow fiber movement. It is also a tradition that is deeply rooted in New Mexico. Santa Fe is the center of that mix of Hispanic, Native, and contemporary tapestry weaving and the result is uniquely New Mexican. Rebecca Mezoff’s tapestry studio in the Second Street art district is a beautiful place to come and learn the art of tapestry or refine skills you already have. The never-ending movement of weft through warp is a wonderful way to express creatively as well as a way to slow down and find some rhythm in life.Color gradation is a striking feature of Rebecca’s work. She loves to teach the blending of color to students with a variety of techniques and her large palette of hand-dyed wool yarn. During this three-day class, students will explore the movement of color in tapestry by weaving a sampler. Different forms of tapestry techniques to move color will be explored and we will create color gradations in all directions in the weaving. Color mixing techniques will be explored and some color theory will be discussed. More advanced students will utilize the techniques to weave a study for a larger piece. Class fee includes use of Rebecca’s hand-dyed tapestry yarn as well as extensive handouts and resources. The class includes Powerpoint presentations as well as the opportunity to create in a working tapestry studio.
This class is offered Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday giving you a day on Monday to explore the art districts of Santa Fe or experience some of northern New Mexico.
You can find my other class listings (with more coming soon!) and some testimonials about my teaching on my website at http://www.rebeccamezoff.com/teaching/.
The class will be small and we will have a lot of fun!
Class fee is $295 for the three days which includes my standard materials fee for the hand-dyed yarn we will be using. Students will need to bring their own warped loom for the class, either a small floor loom or a table-type tapestry loom (such as a Mirrix).
Please email me if you'd like to sign up for this class. Eventually I'll be rolling out an online sign-up system, but I'm not quite there yet! rebecca (dot) mezoff (at sign) gmail (dot) com
It has been two years now since I got a phone call on my way to Chaco Canyon that James Koehler had passed away. It seems like a lifetime ago, and like yesterday.
Harmonic Oscillation HOLXIII,
I have been thinking about James and my time studying with him over the last few days. I learned many things from James, both positive and negative. I am sorry he is gone as there are still questions I would ask him. Here is the original post from shortly after his death:
The art of tapestry needed people like James.
Take care of yourselves.