the knot, the loom, and the relationship

The Paseo Project is an annual festival that invites artists and collaborators from around the world to gather and share site specific work in Taos, NM. Its mission is to “transform art through community and community through art.” In 2019, the festival put out an open call seeking proposals for projects about New Mexicos’ Acequias. For Paseo, this culminated in an installation during the 2019 festival and a publication titled “Acequias Aqui”.

For this project, myself and collaborators Olivia Romo and row sarkela sought to take up textiles as relationship-based strategies for protecting acequia lifeways of the Taos Valley. This work culminated in:

1 - Research, and interviews with Taos weavers, sheep farmers and business people about their work in the fibershed and relationship to the waterways of northern New Mexico. We were committed to highlighting the work of elders and those native to Taos.  

2 - Organizing a community tour of Patricia Quintana’s farm (a deeply knowledgeable Taos shepherdess), with a talk by Connie Taylor (an incredibly talented Taos weaver), and tour of Gabriel Olguin’s family ranch (an entrepreneur native to Taos and involved with all stages of production from raising sheep to moving goods). Patricia and Connie are longtime friends, and spoke about a wide range of topics including their practices of sustainability, working the land and civil disobedience.

3 - Curating an interactive exhibition for the Paseo 2019 festival weekend highlighting Taos weavers, and craftspeople and presenting our research.

Weavings courtsey of Connie Taylor, sources vary.

Weavings courtsey of Connie Taylor, sources vary.

Connie Taylor and Gabriel Olguin talking about sheep and wool production. 

Patricia Quintana speaking about managing her ranch and working the land. 

Gabriel Olguin leading a tour of his ranch and speaking about his business practices.

External view of exhibition tent. 

Weaving in my own studio, floor loom purchased with funds from Paseo.
Husks pictured are from Taos blue corn grown by myself and row sarkela and harvested in my front yard.
This weaving was exhibited Paseo festival weekend.