Laura Center – Santa Fe, NM
For the past 44 years, my primary occupation has been restoring Navajo weavings where I live in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I’ve become an expert on these cultural treasures which have placed me in positions to judge weaving shows, two of them being the well-known Santa Fe Indian Market. I greatly admire the efficiency of the Navajo weaving techniques and the weaving clan culture of respect and honor, as well as the ever-present sense of humor in the Diné.
Using a recent change of technique in the direction of my own weaving from wool to cotton cloth relieves me of concern of possible moth infestations that has been a large part of my restoration services of wool weavings. I stared weaving in the early 1970s and in the late 80s the imagery of my weavings has been children’s art work. I find the kid’s artwork fresh, true and spontaneous. Images which express the joy of living – our true nature unencumbered.
“I’ve created a unique application of cotton cloth strips to pictorial forms. The bold imagery of children’s artwork easily engages the viewer and is enhanced by the soft, rich textural surface of the weavings. These tapestries are done, respectfully, in the style of Navajo weaving technique which uses a continuous warp, side and end cords and woven on a Navajo loom.”
The original image was drawn in 2019 by Xavier, age 4, at the Temple Beth Shalom Jewish Preschool in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Techniques Used: Tapestry technique.
Materials Sourced From Nature: None, unless you count the cotton plant as the original source.
Other Materials Used: Cotton string for the warp. Commercial cotton cloth strips and cotton string for the weft. Small amount of cotton string for weft. Commercial cotton cloth strips for the side and end cords.
Measurements: 18" x 16" x .2"