Recycle Santa Fe 2013

Phoenix Eco-Sustainable Fashions

Phoenix Eco-Sustainable Fashions

Yes, I am very behind in getting this up. I could give you a list of excuses, but that would be boring. I am sure that many of you know that having a home business keeps you pretty darn busy.

Last November, the Santa Fe Recycle show was quite a treat. In fact, this is my 3rd post on it. Yeah, I had that much fun at this show. You can catch my pictures of the Trash to Fashion Show and also a post on what both my mom and I brought to the show. Big thank you to all the folks at Recycle Santa Fe, including Sarah Pierpoint, for making this such a fun event!

UpCycled Fashion bracelets

UpCycled Fashion bracelets

Now, what about all the other artists? There were tons, and so very, very talented, and in so many ways. I was a little shy walking around with my big clunky camera. Some booths had it posted asking that there be no photography. So, I only took photos at booths where I talked with the artists and made sure it was OK. People were terribly friendly and enjoyed talking about their art. There was no way I could get around to everyone’s booth, as I was manning our booth half the time. But I hope the following peaks your interest and you can perhaps visit a future Recycle Santa Fe Show.

UpCycled Fashion tooth fairy pillows

UpCycled Fashion tooth fairy pillows

What follows are lots and lots of photos and the artists’ contact info. Enjoy!

Phoenix Eco-Sustainable Fashions: I just love home made books, journals, and diaries. Especially with cloth covers and bindings. You can catch the facebook page HERE. Contact Info: Thalia Gibbs-Jackson, (505) 629-7308, P.O. Box 362, Santa Fe, NM.

 

UpCycled Fashion goats

UpCycled Fashion goats

UpCycled Fashion and Art for the Heart: These two had a booth together. I had the joy of discovering UpCycled Fashion at the 2013 Rag Rug Festival and was pleased to see them again. This time, not only did they have their goats, but also steampunk attire (check out their fancy bracelets) and tooth fairy pillows. See the little pocket in the back of the little monsters where a kid can hide her tooth? So inventive! Contact Info: Jean Nichols, Project Coordinator Art for the Heart, PO Box 237, 14197 St. Rd. 75, Peñasco, NM 87553, 575-587-0202 (Home/Office), 575-587-2889 (Studio: Thursday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm), jean@upcycledfashion.com. Anita Marie Moss, Director UpCycledFashion.com, PO Box 364, Mora, NM 87732, 575-387-2308, anitamarie@upcycledfashion.com.

 

Bottle cap snake by mixed media artist Kenny Chavez

Bottle cap snake by mixed media artist Kenny Chavez

Kenny Chavez, Mixed media folk artist: Kenny had more than one of these bottle cap snakes. I was quite taken with them. Such a clever thing to do with bottle caps. Colorful and ridges that make me think of scales. You can catch his facebook page HERE. Contact info: kennymchavez@comcast.net, 4312 Ridgeley Dr. NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108

 

Candelaria's Art - a few dragons, a winged horseshoe, and perhaps a Thunderbird?

Candelaria’s Art – a few dragons, a winged horseshoe, and perhaps a Thunderbird?

Candelaria’s Art: I have a thing for dragons, and Candelaria’s Art delivered. In fact, I may be sharing these dragon pics on my other sites because they are so darn cool! There are the larger, free standing dragons, smaller dragons with their crystal balls, and wall dragons. There was also this big metal bird, perhaps a Thunderbird. Oh, and they have little roadrunners with nails sticking out of their heads! Fanciful and beautiful metal art! Find Candelaria’s Art on Custom Made and on Etsy. Contact Info: Gilbert Candelaria, gilbert@candelariasart.com.

 

Metal ornaments by Kathleen O'Neill

Metal ornaments by Kathleen O’Neill

Kathleen O’Neill, metal worker: Now I know what to do with all my tea tins – give them to a metal worker! This was one of the most colorful booths in the show, as you can see from the cats and the birds. And so many different sizes! I especially liked the holiday ornaments in their simplicity. Contact Info: Kathleen O’Neill, 505-757-6802, 194 SR 50, Glorieta, NM 87535.

 

Paper owl by artist Julia Cizeski

Paper owl by artist Julia Cizeski

Julia Cizeski, paper artist: Wow! I was terribly impressed with these owls. I took a picture of the back of the largest owl as I wanted to show the detail in the wings. Julia Cizeski uses a variety of paper media including cigarettes, holiday paper, and paper bags. Natural dyes are used to add color where needed. It much take hours to create even one of the small owls. Julia shares a Stop Motion facebook site with Katie Hall which you can see HERE. Contact Info: Julia Cizeski, juliacizeski@gmail.com.

Glass nightlights by MCM Artworks

Glass nightlights by MCM Artworks

MCM Artworks: Here are some beautifully made glass nightlights made from recycled glass. So many different colors and shapes! While I could not find a website for MCM Artworks, Melody’s art can be seen at the Arts Prescott Gallery. Contact Info: Melody McConaughy, 928-533-1182, P. O. Box 3424, 2314 Thumb Butte Road, Prescott, AZ 86302, mcmartworks@msn.com.

 

Sock people stuck in a cardboard bus by UBz

Sock people stuck in a cardboard bus by UBz

UBZ Artwork: this booth was almost empty by the time I discovered it! Galen Wales art had been so well received and I am glad I had a chance to snap this pic of these sock people crammed into a cardboard bus. So funny! Some of the faces on the sock people make me think of disgruntled commuters and they made me giggle inside. Contact Info: Galen Wales, galen@myubz.com.

 

Woven plastic mats by Moe's EcoMats

Woven plastic mats by Moe’s EcoMats

Moe’s Eco Mats: Moe and his wife were the only other weavers at the show that I saw and it was treat to talk shop with Moe. Not only was he making some beautiful cloth dishtowels, he was also making these very colorful plastic mats, like you would use on the dinner table. Contact Info: Moe Sherman, 720-289-7027, moe@moes-ecomats.com.

Water pump lamps by Imperfection, LLC

Water pump lamps by Imperfection, LLC

Imperfection, LLC: This lovely couple was across the aisle from us, so we had plenty of time to chit chat with them and admire their artwork. There were lots of metal workers at this show, but these two did heavy metal work. Some of these metal pieces are larger than me (like the carhorn lamp). So many of these pieces would be great for patio art. I couldn’t find a website for these two, but here is there Contact Info: Dave & Rita Park, 719-749-2472, rd7275@yahoo.com.

And, of course, there was wall art and free-standing art pieces through out the show. I hope you have enjoyed the picture tour!

Unfortunately, I didn't get the artist for this stuffed animal futon.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get the artist for this stuffed animal futon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wall art, Directories I&II by E. Shander Bawden

Wall art, Directories I&II by E. Shander Bawden

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wall Art, Big Fish, by Steve Meadows

Wall Art, Big Fish, by Steve Meadows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roadrunners by Candelaria's Art

Roadrunners by Candelaria’s Art

 

 

 

 

Carhorn lamp by Imperfection, LLC

Carhorn lamp by Imperfection, LLC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metal cats by Kathleen O'Neill

Metal cats by Kathleen O’Neill

 

 

 

 

 

 

A dragon and his ball, by Candelaria's Art.

A dragon and his ball, by Candelaria’s Art.

 

 

 

Metal birds by Kathleen O'Neill

Metal birds by Kathleen O’Neill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metal Man by Imperfection, LLC

Metal Man by Imperfection, LLC

 

 

Wall dragons by Candelaria's Art.

Wall dragons by Candelaria’s Art.

Rag Rug Festival 2013

Here is Sandy Voss of Cabin Textiles at her loom at the Festival.

Here is Sandy Voss of Cabin Textiles at her loom at the Festival.

This was my first year assisting my mom, Sandy Voss of Cabin Textiles, with Rag Rug Festival held by the New Mexico Women’s Foundation in Santa Fe, NM August 9th, 10th, & 11th. This year the Rag Rug Festival was held at the International Folk Art Museum on Museum Hill, instead of the Udall Building as in years past. The artists, somewhere between 30-40 (my guess), had most of Friday to set up prior to a special ticket preview night that went to 8PM. There was light food and a small bar and a full array of fashions on display by artists and patrons alike. I live an hour and a half north of this shin dig and I was beat by the time I got home. I was quite surprised by the variety of arts on display as I had assumed the bulk of the wares would be some sort of woven art. While there were perhaps 6 rag rug weavers on display, there was also felting, gourd art, silk painted clothing, jewelry, hats, bags, scarves, quilting, and a number of other things.

Some Enchanted Weavings brought her stripper and sewing machine to demo.

Some Enchanted Weavings brought her stripper and sewing machine to demo.

Both Saturday and Sunday the Rag Rug Festival, sprawled over three rooms, was open to the public 10-4 and the museum from 10-5 for free. My mom brought one of her looms to demonstrate making a rug. All artists were asked to bring something to demo, so I saw a spinning wheel, some henna art, sewing, and a stripper (not as exciting as some of you are thinking – it’s actually a wheeled blade for cutting fabric into strips). I brought some sock loops to show customers the basics of creating long strands of sock loops for weaving. I also had some left over warp that I made into braided plant hangers. But, really, folks were way more interested in watching me untangle Pendleton shag (the selvedge edge of the blanket that usually goes to the landfill if not put to use by artists) for my mom to weave. By far, the loom was a draw. I let little kids climb on it as I know how tough rag rug looms are. Several adults wanted to give weaving a try too.

Here is an UpCycled Fashion felt owl.

Here is an UpCycled Fashion felt owl.

Saturday had more sales for Cabin Textiles, but less traffic. There were lulls where either one of us could go walking for an hour or so and see the other artists. This is where I walked around taking pictures for this blog. Most folks were quite happy to let me take pictures. Some wanted to know why and I told them because my grandma reads this blog and most found that quite amusing, even sweet. If anyone still had doubts as to my innocent silliness, I told them who I was and that I was helping my mom for the weekend and once folks heard my mom’s name, everyone was cool with me taking pictures. Someone was kind enough to explain to me afterwards that sometimes nefarious types take pictures of folk art with the intent of reproducing that type or style and selling their items as original ideas. If I find such nefarious folks, I will personally tweak their noses. Anyway, this points to just how much I have to learn about shows.

The ladies of the NaNeelzhiin Women's' Craft Circle put on a beautiful display.

The ladies of the NaNeelzhiin Women’s’ Craft Circle put on a beautiful display.

Sunday had more traffic, and plenty of it chatty, but less sales. We heard the same from more than one vendor. In some ways, we were busier because we had more folks wanting to try the loom or talk about local weaving classes (like at the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center). I had another bag of shag to untangle. I also brought some chocolate candies to share with artists and patrons alike, though I think we and our neighboring vendors ate more chocolate than the wandering customers. I got to do plenty of people watching over the weekend, a favorite past time. It was very interesting to see the huge variety of people who came through the doors. Some were just visiting the museum and happened upon the Rag Rug Festival, while others are repeat customers year after year. Some folks spend much of their year in other countries and make a point of visiting Rag Rug Festival when they are in NM. I did manage to break away for about an hour Sunday to see the rest of the museum. They have a very eclectic doll and figurine collection in a very, very large room. Also there was a Japanese kite show on display that was quite something.

Quilt work by The Common Thread.

Quilt work by The Common Thread.

The museum provided large dollys for bringing items in and hauling them out. However, the museum guys were not allowed to load, unload, or handle the items in anyway. They did make an exception for my mom’s loom. After all, it is unlikely the museum staff would be blamed if the loom went missing later, which I think was the concern for all of the smaller items. They did have a nice big freight elevator we got to ride in with our items. As you can imagine, the artists had to dress not only to impress but to also be able to haul their own wares about. Many vendors said that attendance was way down from years past, though the museum said their average weekend attendance was up (remember, this is the first year having the Festival in the museum). Also, there was very little advertising. I don’t know the reason for this, but even an internet search turned up very little information. I also overheard a few patrons expressing their frustration at the limited number of rag rug vendors (6?) on display compared to the rather eclectic variety of arts on display.

Gourd antler mask by Eye of the Beholder. Stunning!

Gourd antler mask by Eye of the Beholder. Stunning!

This being my first time helping out with this Festival, I had a great time. I had intended to simply give my mom support during the core hours of the day (like from 11 or 12 to 2) so that she could take a break if she wanted. But all 3 days I found myself staying until closing because I was enjoying the camaraderie of the show, chatting with the customers, letting kids use the loom as a jungle gym, and exploring the museum. One of my knitting friends was able to make it by and it was so great to catch up with her (thanks P.H.!). Taking pictures was also fun as it gave me a great excuse to talk with the other artists and ask them about their work.

Colorful bags by Subedi Enterprises.

Colorful bags by Subedi Enterprises.

So, who all did I harass for pictures? Let me say two things first: I am a bit shy in social situations, so if the artist was busy with customers, I didn’t approach to snap away pictures; second, I always made sure to ask if I could take pictures and a few folks were a little suspicious at first, which only increased my shyness. So, this is only a few of the many wonderful artists that were present at this show.

I thank each of these artists for indulging my latent reporter skills and letting me take pictures.

Necklace & earrings by Shamana Jewelry.

Necklace & earrings by Shamana Jewelry.

Eye of the Beholder, Fine Art Gourds, Joanna Bradley (lovely lady, my mom and I gave her some shag and left over warp for decorations, so much fun to joke around with). Contact info: swdirect@comcast.net, 575-522-3479

Shamana Jewelry, Rebecca Swallows (she shared an innocent thong, as in flipflop, joke with me, haha!). Contact info: rebzoe@hotmail.com, 575-921-5502, 575-585-9420, 204 St. Francis Dr., Tularosa, NM 88352

The Common Thread, Southwest Women’s Fiber Arts Collective (Granma D. – the picture of the mice is just for you). Contact info: http://www.fiberartscollective.org, 575-538-5733, 107 W. Broadway, PO Box 636, Silver City, NM 88062

These little Badgersong 'donuts' were quite the eyecatcher.

These little Badgersong ‘donuts’ were quite the eyecatcher.

Badgersong Art, Andy Hunter (I think the two of us laughed so loud the other room could hear us!). Contact info: hunteralh@yahoo.com

NaNeelzhiin Women’s Craft Circle (these ladies were right across the aisle from us and were often entertained by the kids playing on the loom). Unfortunately, they were out of business cards and I could not find any contact info on the internet for them.

Rag rugs by Some Enchanted Weavings.

Rag rugs by Some Enchanted Weavings.

Some Enchanted Weavings, Ann Lumaghi (her booth was right next to us & she let me take plenty of pics – thank you!). Contact info: annlumaghi@newmexico.com, 505-685-4503,

Subedi Enterprises, Duka Subedi (her son, husband, and mother were there with her and it was great to see the family effort). Contact info: duka_aarpan@yahoo.com, 505-948-6638, 8409 Gutierrez Rd, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111

UpCycled Fashion, Anita Marie Moss & Jean Nichols (they let me chatter away about the farm & goats, because they are cool like that). Contact info: UpCycledFashion.com, jean@upcycledfashion.com, anitamarie@upcycledfashion.com, 575-587-0202, 575-587-2200, PO Box 237, Penasco, NM 87553

TDLT Fiber Artisans, Lise Poulsen (the felted vases were quite the eye catcher!). Contact info: lise.poulsen@mindspring.com, Tejedoras de Las Trampas, 575-758-1730, http://www.gauchoblue.com/TDLT.html, TDLT@GauchoBlue.com, PO Box 114, Penasco, NM 87553

Artist Renee Brainard Gentz showed off some fabulous pieces made from silk.

Artist Renee Brainard Gentz showed off some fabulous pieces made from silk.

Fiber artist Renee Brainard Gentz (such lovely silk pieces). Contact info: http://www.rbgentz.com, rbgentz@gmail.com, 505-242-5703

These felt 'vases' by UpCycled Fashion are great.

These felt ‘vases’ by TDLT Fiber Artisans are great.

The Common Thread mice were well behaved and too cute.

The Common Thread mice were well behaved and too cute.

Felt goats (I do so love goats) and felt baby boots by UpCycled Fashion.

Felt goats (I do so love goats) and felt baby boots by UpCycled Fashion.

Another cool bag from Subedi Enterprises.

Another cool bag from Subedi Enterprises.

Shawls & scarves by Some Enchanted Weavings.

Shawls & scarves by Some Enchanted Weavings.

Another beautiful piece from Shamana Jewelry.

Another beautiful piece from Shamana Jewelry.

Potholders & scarves by Some Enchanted Weavings.

Potholders & scarves by Some Enchanted Weavings.

This gourd was cut open and decorated inside & outside by Eye of the Beholder.

This gourd was cut open and decorated inside & outside by Eye of the Beholder.

Here is the backside of that same hollowed out gourd, by Eye of the Beholder.

Here is the backside of that same hollowed out gourd, by Eye of the Beholder.