Saturday morning I took a brief driving tour of Albuquerque’s Old Town, in search of the Rattlesnake Museum.
It makes a good conversation starter on the Late Late Show. The Museum is really just a small gift shop with some tanks of snakes in the back room. I do like snakes, so it was fun.
The best part of Convergence is the Vendor’s Hall, with all the yarn, books, textiles, looms, spinning wheels etc. This would have been a good time to leave the credit cards in a safe place… I had a great time chatting with the folks in the Glimakra booth. They have a new cute little counterbalance loom called Julia. It’s tempting. I bought a skein of gorgeous very thin Swedish wool called Mora, that is perfect for tapestry. Unfortunately it only comes in a large skein, but I’m using a lot of black, so that’s what I bought.
I missed the Weaving Southwest booth, and now I wish I had tried the Rio Grande spinning wheel, it is very intriguing. I always loved spinning on the great wheel at Slater Mill, when I was a tour guide there. This one is similar but you get to sit down and use a foot treadle.
I visited the Convergence exhibit hall, and saw my own tapestry hanging in Small Expressions. The Eye Dazzlers exhibit was also great, and included one of Tommye Scanlin’s tapestries, called “Spring Profusion.” Isn’t it wonderful? I love the earthy yet ethereal colors, and the spirally ferns are so expressive.
I also got a look at the preview of the Navajo Rug Auction. So many stunning rugs.
Then Marcy and Tommye and I drove to Village Wools to see Kathe Todd-Hooker’s show. I had to make a concerted effort to ignore all that gorgeous yarn calling out to me as I walked to the gallery in the back of the shop!
I have seen many photos of Kathe’s tapestries, and a few actual tapestries, but seeing a bunch of them all in one place was awe-inspiring. These two tapestries, “Kona Pink” (left) and “So Many Chances” include threads that came from my mother’s life long collection of sewing thread. Kathe says she used Mom’s threads in the deep greens and turquoise, and in the orange in another tapestry “Kona Orange.”
We lived overseas for 18 years, and Mom sewed most of our clothes, as well as evening wear for herself. Her collection came from South Africa, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland and England.
When I inherited her sewing stuff, I sent a bunch of the threads to Kathe, and I’m so happy she has been able to use them in creating beauty.
Next up, the opening reception for the show Interwoven Traditions: New Mexico and Bauhaus. I had the address which I had copied from an email I received from somewhere listing all the exhibits. We had GPS in the rental car, so what could possibly go wrong? I’m still wondering where that address came from, because when we arrived, about 20 minutes SOUTHEAST of Albuquerque, this is what we found. Yes, a dirt parking lot with an RV and some guys on dirt bikes. The real gallery was about 20 minutes NORTHWEST of the city, so we didn’t have time to get there before ATA’s Enchanted Evening social back at the Convention Center. So far we had missed 2 excellent exhibits, and I was really bummed out.
Enchanted Evening was a nice chance to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. There was a dinner afterwards at a very nice restaurant. Then Sunday was the ATA Forum, “Unraveling the Creative Strand,” with slide lectures by James Koehler and Lynne Curran. Both are amazing artists, and their talks were informative, entertaining and inspiring. After the forum we took off for St John’s College in Santa Fe, for the ATA Educational Retreat, “Tapestry Enchantment.” More on that in the next installment!