While in New Mexico we visited a number of interesting exhibits that I wanted to share with my fellow weavers and fiber artists.
Old Town MesillaFirst we visited a museum in Old Town Mesilla which had some lovely 20th Century Navajo Rugs.
|Woven with Natural fibers.|
|natural dye chart|
Farm and Ranch Heritage MuseumThen on to the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum to see a weaving exhibit. 'Weaving of the Rio Grande'. Leslie and Steve attended a Chimayo Weaving Workshop at the the Museum in November 2016 the Teacher was Lisa Tryjillo who's 'Flying House' rug is shown below. Both Leslie and Steve completed a lovely sample at this workshop and they hosted Lisa for the workshop at their home.
|'Flying House' rug and rug by Lisa's husband on right|
|close up 'Flying House" by Lisa Tryjillo|
|woven rug or blanket|
El Paso Museum of ArtAnother great Exhibit was in El Paso, TX at the El Paso Museum of Art http://www.elpasoartmuseum.org/exhibitions
Here we saw Wayne Hilton's 'Hermosos Huesos' exhibit which was a fun fibers exhibit.
The exhibit is a vibrant series of calavera catrina (dapper skeletons) figures entitled Hermosos Huesos (Beautiful Bones) , they were inspired by the prints of the late nineteenth century Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada, whose imagery was the key to the initial popularization of the calavera figure in Mexico. Posada's original illustrations were intended to surprise, delight, intrigue and question our concept of afterlife.
Wayne's work uses found items and recycled materials. This exhibit of 13 figures took three years and over five thousand of hours to complete. This exhibit includes larger than life size mixed media sculptures.The detail of Wayne's work was amazing.
|'The Butterfly' 84"x 60" x 96"|
|close up of 'The Butterfly'|