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ARTIST LINKS:

Anne Carroll Gilmour: Find Anne’s luxurious dyed, knitted, and woven clothing and learn about her demonstrations on waulking, an ancient method of finishing cloth: www.wildwestwoolies.com.

Daniela Mahoney teaches extensively about the Czech and Slovac culture as well as producing an extensive line of engraved eggs: http://www.danielam.com/

Francisco & Laura Bautista: Learn more about the family that practices Zapotec weaving in Oregon and see examples of their beautiful handwoven rugs: http://www.bautistaweaving.com/.

Heritage Blankets New Mexico: Learn more about this wonderful non-profit enterprise: http://www.evfac.org/heritageblankets.html. Watch the weavers at their looms: http://vimeo.com/88455849.

Judith Meyers: See examples of Judith’s varied art forms at Madison and Main, an artists’ cooperative gallery in Greeley, Colorado: http://madisonandmaingallery.com/Judith_Meyers.php.

Kyoko Niikuni: In addition to Kyoko’s washi craft work at Handcrafted Art Traditions, Kyoko practices the Japanese torn paper art of chigiri-e: http://www.washi-art.net/washi_art.

Linda Morton-Keithley makes saddle blankets that fit in well with her husband Gary’s saddles and other cowboy gear. Their work will amaze you: http://www.mkcustomidaho.com/index.html.

Phil Lengelbach: Phil is a member of the Spiral Gallery in downtown Estacada, Oregon. See other examples of his imaginative work: http://www.thespiralgallery.com/Phil.html.

 

Links to others promoting folk and traditional arts in the West:

Northwest Heritage Resources: http://www.northwestheritageresources.org/

Wyoming Arts Council’s Folk and Traditional Arts program: http://wyoarts.state.wy.us/wac-program/folk-and-traditional-arts/

Oregon Folklife Network: http://ofn.uoregon.edu/

Western Folklife Center: http://www.westernfolklife.org/

 

More information about our artists and products:

Care of cinches made from Navajo-Churro wool by Karen Mott: At the end of the season, dunk your cinch in warm water (soap not needed) and rinse it out. Do this also if it gets muddy. On a regular basis, just remove any debris that sticks onto the cinch.

Care of rugs handwoven or made with the locker-hooking technique by Linda Morton-Keithley: Vacuum on low setting using hand-held attachment. Hand wash in cold water with mild detergent then line dry OR dry clean at an establishment known for its care of handmade rugs. DO NOT MACHINE WASH OR DRY.

About Phil Lengelbach’s hand carved spoons: The lacquer that Phil Lengelbach uses on his spoons is considered “food safe,” but there are varying opinions on issues surrounding wood finish and food safety. Phil highly recommends the book Understanding Wood Finishing: How to Select and Apply the Right Finish by Bob Flexner (latest edition 2010). Below is Phil’s information on the care of his spoons: “The hand crafted treasure you purchased was made of an American hardwood and finished with a salad bowl finish. This is a hard, food safe, lacquer that will protect the wood and keep it looking attractive for a long time with proper care and attention. Wash the item in warm soapy water, rinse and towel dry. Commercial sanitizers may be used or a solution of bleach and water. Occasionally apply a light coat of mineral oil or a vegetable oil to keep an attractive sheen. Do not wash in a dishwasher.”

About Judith Meyers and papercutting: Ramona Jablonsko provides a historical overview of papercutting in The Paper Cut-Out Design Book published in 1976. Included is an account of the origins of papercutting as a folk art form. Soon after paper was invented in China in 105 A.D., people began cutting it into shapes as a form of artistic expression. In general, early papercut artists were people of low status whose names were not recorded. By the time of the Middle Ages, papercutting was practiced by members of religious orders in western Europe. German papercutting or “Scherenschnitte” began to flourish when non-religious people began to practice the craft after the Middle Ages ended.

More about Judith’s laser cutting process: Judith uses scissors to hand cut a pattern for each original design. A Montanan with expertise in laser cutting then uses Judith’s pattern to cut each design by laser (a concentrated beam of light). This amazing technology allows Judith to use especially strong paper and to cut with great delicacy and intricacy. The designs are still individually cut in small batches, and each ornament or tree is assembled by hand. There is no mass production involved.

There is much interesting reference material about Navajo weaving and the Rio Grande or Spanish Colonial weaving, two of the traditions that influence the design and practices of Heritage Blankets New Mexico. See what your library offers. Handcrafted Art Tradition’s owner is reading Navajo Weaving Tradition: 1650 to the Present by Alice Kaufman and Christopher Selser (1999) and Chimayó Weaving: the Transformation of a Tradition, by Helen R. Lucero and Suzanne Baizerman (1999).