Santa Fe Rag Rug Art & Marketplace 2014

Rag Rugs by Woven Hearth

Rag Rugs by Woven Hearth

The New Mexico Women’s Foundation hosted the 2014 Santa Fe Rag Rug Art & Marketplace at Museum Hill on August 8-10. The amazing Gerry Cerf and her staff of volunteers put on this show. Many, many thanks to Gerry and all the folks from NMWF!

I assisted my mom (Sandy Voss of Cabin Textiles) last year with her booth, as I had just begun down the path of being a weaver full time. This year, we each got a booth and we were set up side by side, allowing us to share the loom that my mom brought. This year, certain animal products (such as leather, bone, wool, feathers, etc.) were encouraged to set up outside in the big tent. More artists (selling things like jewelry, wall art, clothing, etc.) were inside the atrium of the Museum of International Folk Art.

This show exceeded all my expectations. My mom and I were busy the entire time, barely having time to snag a bite to eat (more like nibbling throughout the day). We quite enjoyed the crowd, talking about our rugs, the loom, my knitting, and my mom’s crocheted hats. Also, several friends stopped by to say hi. My feet were quite sore by the end of the Rag Rug Fest, but I was too pleased with the success of the show to fuss over them.

What follows is a list of the artists I chatted with (and their contact info) and lots and lots of pictures. Enjoy!

Ann Lumaghi, annlumaghi@cybermesa.com, PO Box 644, Abiquiu, NM 87510, 505-685-4503, http://www.abiquiustudiotour.org/galleries/ann_lumaghi_contact.html

Duka Subedi, duka_aarpan@yahoo.com, 8409 Gutierrez Rd. N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87111, 505-948-6638, http://www.jackrabbitmarketplace.com/collections/ds

Tanka Chapagai, contact her through her daughter Duka Subedi

Carol Mills, Rags to Rugs, 575-534-4020, Silver City, NM, http://www.jackrabbitmarketplace.com/collections/cm

Wendy Capek, wendycapek@gmail.com, PO Box 465, Mora, NM 87732, 505-617-6850

Kei Tsuzuki & Molly Luethi, Kei & Molly Textiles, kei@keiandmolly.com, 505-554-7062, molly@keiandmolly.com, 505-554-9337, 5321 Acoma Rd. S. E., Albuquerque, NM 87108, http://www.keiandmolly.com/

Lisanne Cole, Tribal Soul Maps, giasound@yahoo.com, Santa Fe, NM, 575-770-7777, www.tribalsoulmaps.com

Mujeres de Adelante Cooperative, iribe@sfps.info, 505-819-9966, www.adelantesantafe.org

Carol Eggers, caroleggers45@gmail.com, Las Cruces, NM

Renee Brainard Gentz, rbgentz@gmail.com, 505-242-5703, www.rbgentz.com

Susan Young-Tweet, The Santa Fe Sewing Studio, wrapahat@aol.com, 505-913-9650, 1807 Second St. Suite 45-1, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Carmen Sena-Todd, For the Brand Ranch, forthebrand8@gmail.com, 575-571-9941, 6790-14 Camino Encanto, La Mesa, NM 88044, www.forthebrand.etsy.com

SW Women’s Fiber Arts Collective, information@fiberartscollective.org, 575-538-5733, PO Box 636, Silver City, NM 88062, www.fiberartscollective.org

TDLT Fiber Artists, TDLT@GauchoBlue.com, PO Box 114, Penasco, NM 87553, 575-758-1730, www.gauchoblue.com/TDLT.html

Julie Anderson, Costume Salon, julie@costumesalon.com, 505-989-7125, 903 W. Alameda #109, Santa Fe, NM 87501, www.costumesalon.com

Sandy Voss, Cabin Textiles, sandyvoss@cybermesa.com, 505-753-6395, PO Box 10, Abiquiu, NM 87510, www.cabintextiles.com

Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center (EVFAC), info@evfac.org, 505-747-3577, 325 Paseo de Onate, Espanola, NM 87532, www.evfac.org

Kathy Konecki, Necessary Little Luxuries, info@necessarylittleluxuries.com, 505-989-7015, www.necessarylittleluxuries.com

 

This is me trying out an Entrelac piece by Carol Eggers.

This is me trying out an Entrelac piece by Carol Eggers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hat bands by Wendy Capek.

Bead work belts by Wendy Capek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rag rug by Carol Mills

Rag rug by Carol Mills

 

 

 

 

 

Rag rug by Carol Mills

Rag rug by Carol Mills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EVFAC clothing rack.

EVFAC clothing rack.

 

 

 

 

 

EVFAC goodies!

EVFAC goodies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

EVFAC woven shawls.

EVFAC woven shawls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knitted gloves by Kathy Konecki.

Knitted gloves by Kathy Konecki.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathy Konecki with her knitted decorative scarves

Kathy Konecki with her knitted decorative scarves

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decorated burlap bags by Mujeres de Adelante Cooperative.

Decorated burlap bags by Mujeres de Adelante Cooperative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hand-made soaps by Mujeres de Adelante Cooperative.

Hand-made soaps by Mujeres de Adelante Cooperative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weavings by Tanka Chapagai.

Weavings by Tanka Chapagai.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tote bags by Duka Subedi.

Tote bags by Duka Subedi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue jeans weavings by TDLT.

Blue jeans weavings by TDLT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hand towels by Kei & Molly Textiles.

Hand towels by Kei & Molly Textiles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greeting cards by SW Women's Fiber Arts Collective.

Greeting cards by SW Women’s Fiber Arts Collective.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilted notebook cover by SW Women's Fiber Arts Collective.

Quilted notebook cover by SW Women’s Fiber Arts Collective.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little wallets by SW Women's Fiber Arts Collective.

Little wallets by SW Women’s Fiber Arts Collective.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amethyst necklace by Carmen Sena-Todd.

Amethyst necklace by Carmen Sena-Todd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bracelets by Carmen Sena-Todd.

Bracelets by Carmen Sena-Todd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fleece clothing by Susan Young-Tweet.

Fleece clothing by Susan Young-Tweet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Towel rugs by Ann Lumaghi.

Towel rugs by Ann Lumaghi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skeins by Ann Lumaghi.

Skeins by Ann Lumaghi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birds, masks, cat pillow by Costume Salon.

Birds, masks, cat pillow by Costume Salon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wicked Witch feet by Costume Salon.

Wicked Witch feet by Costume Salon.

 

 

 

 

 

Julie of Costume Salon modeling her crazy cool hat.

Julie of Costume Salon modeling her crazy cool hat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decorative art by Lisanne Cole.

Decorative art by Lisanne Cole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decorative art by Lisanne Cole.

Decorative art by Lisanne Cole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hats crocheted from cotton selvedge, by Cabin Textiles.

Hats crocheted from cotton selvedge, by Cabin Textiles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weavings and knitted items by Cabin Textils & Woven Hearth.

Weavings and knitted items by Cabin Textils & Woven Hearth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rag Rugs by Cabin Textiles & Woven Hearth.

Rag Rugs by Cabin Textiles & Woven Hearth.

 

 

 

 

 

Sandy Voss teaching weaving.

Sandy Voss teaching weaving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knitted hats by Carol Eggers.

Knitted hats by Carol Eggers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbow shawl by Carol Eggers.

Rainbow shawl by Carol Eggers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woven items by TDLT.

Woven items by Carol Eggers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knitted bag by TDLT.

Knitted bag by Carol Eggers.

 

 

 

 

 

Quilted wall art by Renee Brainard Gentz.

Quilted wall art by Renee Brainard Gentz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santas by Renee Brainard Gentz.

Santas by Renee Brainard Gentz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep your yarn balls in order with these bowls from TDLT.

Keep your yarn balls in order with these bowls from TDLT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the personal artist book for Wendy Capek. I really liked the snakeskin cover.

This is the personal artist book for Wendy Capek. I really liked the snakeskin cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandy Voss teaching kids how to weave.

Sandy Voss teaching kids how to weave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.