Continuing with the wine festival I attended on Monday, I found two DEs (designer-entrepreneurs) of interest. The first woman I can only remember as “Marta”.
She didn’t have business cards or a telephone number; she’s from Guatemala and only came up for the show (I gave her my phone number and can only hope she’ll contact me). It’s amazing how many people don’t have business cards; be sure to not make the same mistake even if all you can provide is a mailing address because I would have loved to throw her more business. Anyway, Marta sells Guatemalan woven and embroidered goods made by herself and her neighbors. This first piece I’m showing (below) is not traditional as far as process goes as it is needle pointed. Note the price of the bag is only $45.
This next piece is a vest, again not a traditional Guatemalan piece being heavily worked in polished cotton thread. The density of the embroidery (on black velvet) made this piece quite heavy. It was $50.
This last piece below was my favorite. The stitching, color and design complexity were absolutely stunning. I think it was $50. In retrospect, I wish I’d bought this piece.
I bought several pieces, not wearables but lengths of traditional homespun. I’m not sure what I’ll do with them but the old homestead can certainly use some color.
The next designer I liked was Patricia McClure. She’s local and sells out of the old tortilla factory in Mesilla NM. Her line is called Wild Child Creations; she doesn’t have a website but you can email her. Here is a picture of Patricia. I liked her. So many DEs can be so paranoid or arrogant but she was very friendly and down to earth. Her line is mixed, half the pieces are sun dyed rayon blanks (Dharma) and some recycled/deconstructed painted denim skirts with sun dyed flounces. I’m not wild on the latter but those seem to be selling well for her. A picture of these skirts and a full story is here.
The processes she uses are a combination of tying, batik, and stenciling in combination with heliographic dyes. I don’t know anything about heliographic dyes but I know there are a few fiber artists in our midst who can educate us on the process in comments. She said she’d originally started in spinning and had been a weaver for about 20 years before she started playing around with these dyes. She enjoys the medium and likens the process to painting. She also says it is simpler and without the toxic load of other dying processes.
You may also be interested to know that she doesn’t have a traditional design background either. She got a BA in Fine Arts from Texas Women’s University and worked as a lighting designer in Dallas.
I designed indoor and outdoor lighting for office and retail spaces. I think that was when I really got into in the contrasts of light and dark. Then I was an 8th grade social studies and U.S. history teacher in El Paso Public Schools.