Textile Arts Council Lecture: Tradition, Innovation, And Inspirations Of A Contemporary Navajo Weaver
10th Annual Carol Walter Sinton Program for Craft Art Tradition, Innovation, and Inspirations of a Contemporary Navajo Weaver, by D.Y. Begay The following is a description of the lecture provided by D.Y. Begay: Tradition: I will share personal stories about growing up as a sheepherder and learning Navajo style weaving. These stories will include details on shearing sheep, washing and carding wool, and spinning the wool on a Navajo lap spindle. I will also talk about my spiritual connection to the unique native plants that I harvest and use medicinally or for dyeing yarn to achieve colors in my tapestries. In addition, I will share the importance of how Navajo weaving stories are told and shared. Innovation: I combine the mastery of the traditional Navajo style of weaving with diverse design concepts rooted in classic themes, while constantly exploring and experimenting with new ideas, mediums. and materials. This effort of integrating non-regional style designs and color combinations, uncharacteristic of most Navajo weavers, has become a current ambition for me. Inspiration: I will present visual images of how my tapestries are inspired by the high desert landscape, and how I translate my impression of the environment into my weaving. The sunrise is often my canvas: it seduces my imagination with colors and beauty, and inspires curiosity. These images are replaced at the end of the day by flaming oranges as the sun sets for the evening and night takes on dark, forbidding colors. These daily encounters with light, color, remarkable land formations, and a lifetime of memories are the textures I reflect on, interpret, and explore in my tapestries. I will display and discuss one of my recent tapestries that exhibits a Navajo style weaving and innovative design. About the Speaker D. Y. Begay is a member of the Navajo Nation, born and raised on the Navajo reservation in the community of Tselani. She was born to the Totsoni' (Big Water) Clan and the Tachinii' (Red Running into Earth) Clan people. Her early schooling was at the boarding schools on the Navajo reservation, Saint Michael High School, and later at Arizona State University, where she received her bachelor's degree in fine arts and art education. Begay's tapestries have been collected by major museums and published internationally, and have been collected by both private and major museums in North America and in Europe. Begay's many credits include co-curating exhibits in Athens, Ohio (Kennedy Museum of Art); New York (National Museum of the American Indian Smithsonian Institute); and in Santa Fe, New Mexico (Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian). Ticket Information $10 general admission | $5 students and FAMSF members | free for TAC members of TAC. Cash or check only, please. Sponsor Textile Arts Council Textile Arts Council firstname.lastname@example.org (415) 750-3627
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone: (415) 863-3330
Saturday, May 17 10:00 AM