fall fiber fiesta

November 25, 2019  •  7 Comments

The car is still packed with wool and rug racks this morning as we enter the post-Fall Fiber Fiesta phase.  The fiesta took place this weekend in Santa Fe, and despite Friday's snow, a great group of people were in and out of the Scottish Right Temple all weekend to admire the work of massively talented artists and craftspeople, and to do a little holiday shopping.  As you might expect, my trusty camera came along for the ride.  I was able to photograph some people I had not photographed last year, and one new edition.

Fred was lucky to have a space in the front of the ballroom where his colors and designs really popped.  This is a shot of the front of his display rack.  He brought twenty rugs and two rifle scabbards this year.

Fred's rug displayFred's rug display

Mary L. Grow, PhD in Ethnography, Anthropology of Architecture and Design, participated in the fiesta again this year.  Her expertise is reflected in the fiber work she creates, in addition to her scholarly writing. 

Mary Grow, PhDMary Grow, PhD

One thing that is thrilling about the event is not only the artists and craftspeople who have made this their life work, but the number of younger people who have ventured into the world of fiber and are making it their own. The creativity, and blend of colors and materials is a wonderful thing to see. They are the new generation of artists and experts.


Amanda Speer, half of the duo that is The Warp Zone, is shown here, wearing one of her own creations. 
Amanda -Warpzone WeavingAmanda -Warpzone Weaving   


The image below is of Dain Daller, part two of The Warp Zone duo.  He is standing in front of their work, and also made the suit he is wearing.
Dain - Warpzone WeavingDain - Warpzone Weaving

Amanda and Dain use the ikat dying technique to make apparel, scarves, and other accessories.


One lovely surprise was to see Lysandra Nelson, incredibly talented illustrator and fiber artist, with her latest creation, Quinn.  He had to be photographed, not only with his talented mother, but on one of Fred's rugs for posterity.

Lysandra and QuinnLysandra and Quinn

Quinn on Rug # 335Quinn on Rug # 335


Thanks to everyone who stopped by Fred's space and joined the crowd.  It was great to see each of you and we appreciate your comments and conversation that made the days go by quickly.

until next Monday,


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Lawrence Jones(non-registered)
Fred's work is not only dazzling, it just keeps getting better and better.
Steve Immel(non-registered)
It sounds like the Fall Fiber Festival was a success on all levels and especially worthy are the images of the people who weave the extraordinary creations you've shown here. Fred's rugs as always are amazing. He's simply the best at what he does. The photograph of Lysandra and Quinn is a portrait of love. Really touching.
elida hanson-finelli(non-registered)
What a treat, as always to see Fred’s incredible designs woven into his art pieces! And how fortunate, front and center. Those are beautiful shots Daryl and seem more special having been there finally in person to see them and the remarkable interior of the Scottish Rites Temple.
Beautiful Mother and Child, saved for posterity, Indeed!
Your energy and enthusiasm is infectious and as inspiring as the artistry of your work.
Andrea Szekeres(non-registered)
Beautiful photos of beautiful works Daryl! Wish I could have been there this year.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and Fred!
Super, impressive weavings and photography! Loved them all.
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