Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Saddle Blanket In Three Colors

The picture to the left shows the pattern I created in Excel for my saddle blanket project. The border or banda is in dark brown and natural white.
The center where the saddle sits will be dusty blue. Cadejos, small hand wound bobbins, are used for the labor design, and the lanzadera is used for the campo or field.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Rio Chama With Starbust Embellishments

Rag rug in polyester by Georgia Serrano
The jerga pictured (left) was woven by my mother, Georgia Serrano, and is now among the International Folk Art Foundation Collections at the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

In designing and creating this master piece, Mrs. Serrano used all polyester fabrics

that she first cut into strips then spun and wove. The jerga is unique not only in its pattern, Rio Chama with starburst embellishments en la movida rapido but in it's unique component, polyster, as well.

This pattern evolved through the weavings of Agueda Martinez and Georgia Serrano along with the weavings of Doña Agueda's other daughters most of whom have attained national recognition in their own right. This time honored pattern that evolved through my family will always be a favorite.

Georgia Serrano learned to weave as a young child just as her mother before here. After raising her children, Mrs. Serrano wove for many years for Ortega's Weaving Shop in Chimayo. She still weaves at her home studio in Medanales at the age 82 and I suppose she has 20 good years left in her judging by the age her mother stopped weaving.

Mrs. Serrano is shown in the picture below as she works at her loom in 1986

Agueda Martinez is pictured at the left with one of her large weavings in the traditional Chimayo Style with two small and one large diamond design between two bands.

Doña Agueda loved to weave and spent many hours dancing on her loom.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Full Moon over Med

I took this picture of the full moon this morning with my camera zoomed in to its fullest level.

There are many witch stores that originated from this area around the Rio Chama. It has been said that La Llorona wanders around in the bosque crying and looking for her children that were drowned in the river. She cries loudly all night when she is able to see from the light of the full moon.

This pic was taken last night then I edited for Halloween, only five days away.
Hope the kids like it and hope they like the candy I'm giving away this year. I have Nestle's Crunch bars and Baby Ruth miniatures. At least the one's I haven't eaten already.
All witches will certainly be out on Oct 31, looking for little children to roast and eat for supper. Watch out! The witch will get you if you wander too close to the Rio Chama Bosque on Halloween night.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Just Another Day

Agueda Martinez (1898 - 2000)
My grandmother, my inspiration, working on her loom at home Medanales, New Mexico in 1995.

Below is her now famous weaving that was purchased by the Smithsoinian in 1997. You can see the similaraties between my grandmother's weaving and the two weavings I wove pictured below. As the years went by grandma added more and more labor to her weavings. Labor means to labor and weaving is a labor or love. The Spanish word labor describes the part of the weaving that takes the most time, or the designs within the weaving.

Jerga Rag Rug Weave by Agueda Martinez
Owned by The Smithsonian since 1997

In the Jerga on the left, there are only a few areas where there is no labor. These areas are at the beginning and end and between the bands where only stripes are used. Of course, the more time spent by the weaver will make the weaving more costly to the buyer.

Grandma always said, "Me gusta mucho tejer y siempre estoy bailando en el telar." ("I love to weave, and I am always dancing on the loom.")

Another Day - Paul McCartney
Every day she takes a morning bath, she wets her hair
Wraps a towel around herAs she's heading for the bedroom chair
It's Just Another Day

Slipping into stockings
Stepping into shoes
Dipping in the pocket of her raincoat
Ah, it's just another day.

At the office where the papers grow she takes a break
Drinks another coffeeAnd she finds it hard to stay awake,
It's just another day

It's just another day
It's just another aay.

Ay so sad, so sad
Sometimes she feels so sad

Alone in her apartment she'd dwell
Till the man of her dreams comes to break the spell
Ah, stay
Don't stand around

And he comes; and he stays
But he leaves the next day
So sadSometimes she feels so sad

As she posts another letter to the sound of five
People gather 'round her
And she finds it hard to stay alive
It's Just Another Day

It's Just Another Day
It's Just Another Day

AySo sad, so sadSometimes she feels so sad
Alone in her apartment she'd dwell
Till the man of her dreams comes to break the spell

Paul has always been my favorite Beatle.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Lonely Weavings #1 & 2 and More

Here are some of my weavings. These are for sale by special order and I would be honored to weave one for you.

A Lonely Weaving #2

Lonely Weaving #2; 33" x 53" ; Price $850.00

Another style of weaving that I learned from my Grandmother, Agueda Martinez, is the Rio Grande shown below. This one is the Starburst Design in Fall Colors, it is done in the Movida Despacio or slow move.

Rio Grande Starburst in Fall Colors, movida despacio; 33" x 53" ; price $550.00 SOLD

Here's a bit of a twist of the same design with color and weaving changes. This is done in the movida rapido or fast move, which gives it a bit of an eye dazzler look.

Rio Grande Starburst in Fall Colors Movida Rapido; 33" x 53" ; price $550.00 SOLD

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Waist Cincher

You never know when you will need to have a smooth waistline rather than a mushroom top waist especially with all the new fashions being what they are. I've been looking for some nice foundation undergarments at all the department stores but the prices are much too high.

Today, with that in mind and the thought of going out dancing to the Casa Nova in my slinky black dress, I headed out to town, Española, to look around.

While doing my regular grocery and craft shopping at Wal-Mart, I was lucky and found a nice waist cincher that I will be proudly wearing whenever I want my waist to appear smooth and my bustline buxom at the same time. Now, consider that I have put on a few pounds lately that don't seem to want to come off especially since I ate all the Halloween candy already.

This is me BEFORE the new undergarment.

Notice, if you can, that my belly sticks out a bit too much to be considered a fox.

This is me AFTER the waist cincher.

Voila, I'm a fox ! ! !

Just because you are here, I'll show you this painting.

This one is inspired from the Rio Chama Bosque.

Matted in white and framed in black - SOLD

The Cerro Perdenal has always been a big part of my life. As a small child whenever we traveled to visit our grandparents here in Northern New Mexico, the Cerro Perdenal was in view for miles after entering New Mexico from Utah.

Monday, October 22, 2007

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Just Another Day

Sunday, Oct 21, 2007, turned out to be just another day except for the fact that Denver Broncos play Pittsburg tonight. We're getting together to watch it so I won't fall asleep.

The world series is about to start too. Denver Rockies and either Boston Red Socks or Cleveland Indians will be the final teams. I'd like to see Cleveland win the spot, but of, course I want the Rockies to win. Martha may get some tickets for Mom and Dad to go to a game in Denver. It it comes to pass, I'll give Dad my jersey to wear. Mom already has one. I guess Rick gave it to her, too.

It was very nice that Martha and Kerry came to visit.

Kerry told me about the "Rainbow" people and at least one person didn't like the story at all. I found it interesting that the Rainbow people are like gypsies who travel around (like travelers too) and do the dine-n-dash thing a lot. Kerry knows this first hand because when the Española Lota Burger cashier pointed our Kerry as a "rainbow" they wouldn't wait on him. He had to get Dad out of the car and come in and place the order. LOL

Martha, Kerry, Clara and I went to the winerys in Dixon.

It's amazing to me that most of the people in New Mexico are very devout and raise shrines to saints and their deceased relatives all over the place. It's cool if you like old wooden crosses and sculptures of Jesus, Mary and the saints.

This is a shrine at the turn off to Dixon.