Seen on the streets of Santa Fe, above and below
|Was it black and white night for dining? That's me on the right.|
Our first and last full days in Santa Fe were spent in classroom activity, which included time for two hands-on projects (I completed one of the two), discussion, and visits from artists (and/or their representatives) from the Folk Art Market. Both days ended with fun group dinners at terrific restaurants.
Casa Chimayo (above) where we had our first group dinner
And at Andiamo (below) for our final group dinner
Ole! (They'd watched flamenco dancing the prior night)
Above, on the left is group leader/Crizmac president Stevie Mack
And below, left, is group leader/School Arts editor Nancy Walkup
Some of our group, strolling to the plaza after dinner (below).
The real highlight of those classroom days was the visitors who came to see us. On the first day, we had a visit from an American woman representing Lila Handicrafts, a cooperative of Pakistani ralli quilters. She brought a lot to show us, and went into detail about their work and the providence that brought her together with them. She even brought some unfinished bags with her, and sold them to us at very reasonable prices. We also were given some quilt scraps and leftover tassels. I bought a bag that needed a handle and a closure, and when I got home, I was able to use the quilt scraps to make a coordinating strap which I sewed in place. I then added a Velcro closure, and then sewed the tassels over the Velcro. I'm very happy with my unique completed piece, pictured below.
Then, on our last day, we had three groups of visitors.
First was Augustin Cruz Prudencio from Oaxaca Mexico. He and his brother came and shared their carved and painted animals and figures, demonstrated their tools, and spoke about their craft. Stevie translated for them! A little anteater I purchased was made by them.
The gorgeous beadwork (below) is done by some of the women in their workshop.
Wow. After all these photos, and three posts, I realize that I haven't even talked about or shown you photos from the Museum of International Folk Arts, which is simply fabulous. Another post, another time....