Irvin Trujillo

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Irvin Trujillo



*NEA National Heritage Fellow-2007*

*Museum Collections-Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Museum of American History, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts, Heard Museum, Albuquerque Museum, Taylor Museum, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Gene Autrey Museum, Museum of Man-Ontario, Canada*

*Spanish Market-Lifetime Achievement Award and 5 Grand Prize Awards*

As a seventh-generation Rio Grande weaver living in Chimayo, New Mexico, my work has evolved from the traditional styles of my forefathers. I use design ideas from historic Rio Grande weavings of Northern New Mexico and add my own aesthetic by combining old ideas with my own vision. My pieces may interpret my Hispanic history and culture, document events of the modern world, or make observations based on what is happening in my life. Most of my weavings develop spontaneously, as my father taught me. Executing an idea means discovering and overcoming the limitations imposed by traditional techniques and looms, and adopting, or perhaps changing, solutions as the weaving progresses. The binary logic of weaving makes the creative process and the execution of ideas inseparable. Not knowing the final outcome makes each weaving a journey.

Mohair Series RG Moki - 48x72 Chimayo blanket, handwoven wool
This type of handwoven wool blanket is commonly used as a wall hanging, or draped over the back of a couch or bed. This piece, woven with undyed and hand-dyed mohair yarn, has natural dyed indigo blue as a background color and natural dyed dark red and natural white included in its design. It uses natural dyes, which means that yarn in this piece uses dyes that were obtained from flowers, leaves, wood, or insects. It was woven by Irvin Trujillo who is a seventh-generation weaver, 2007 NEA National Heritage Fellow, and recurring Spanish Market top award winner. It measures approximately 48 by 72 inches.
Emergence in Tunisia - 48x84 Chimayo blanket, handwoven wool
Irvin named this piece in honor of the changes going on in Tunisia that happened while he was weaving it. He had woven a piece years ago that drew from an ancient Tunisian mosaic, so I think that perhaps Irvin feels a tie to this faraway country he has never visited. This piece is an example of two widths sewn together to make a blanket. The dyes are natural indigo blues, acid dye for the red and brown, and natural white. The piece is made of 50-50 merino silk from Sweden. It also has some metallic gold thread. The scalloped circle is found in Saltillo serapes from the 18th century. This formal design structure is very much in keeping with the tradition of Saltillo weaving. Irvin Trujillo is a seventh-generation weaver, 2007 NEA National Heritage Fellow, and recurring Spanish Market top award winner. The piece measures approximately 48 by 84 inches.
Gold Circle - Handmade Wool Weaving
Gold Circle by Irvin Trujillo is very much true to the historic Saltillo serapes. The scalloped circle is reminiscent of some of the classic 17th century Mexican Saltillos. This piece uses richly-colored, hand-dyed merino wool and silk blend yarns acid dyed by Irvin and a gold metallic yarn to give it a bit of a discreet sparkle. This is much finer than most of what we do, with a weft count of 64 (as opposed to the normal 26), but it uses the usual 8 ends or inch of Chimayo blankets. It measures approximately 48 by 88 inches.
Grace - 54x84 Chimayo blanket, handwoven wool
Grace is one the very finely detailed pieces by Irvin. This piece is a Trampas Vallero style because it has the four eight pointed stars in the corners and one star in the center. He has added a lot of interesting details that make it a pleasure to look at, there are just so many lovely variations of color and pattern. Most of it is geometric pattern, but there are flowers, and there is a hamsa in it, and even flames. It is made of acid dyed merino-silk and gold metallic thread. This is much finer than most of what we do, with a weft count of 64 (as opposed to the normal 26), but it uses the usual 8 ends or inch of Chimayo blankets. The size is similar to blankets in the 1800s.
Profile - 48x72 Chimayo blanket, handwoven wool
This piece is a tribute to the weavers of La Centinela. It is Irvin, Lisa, and Jake Trujillo, father to Irvin. It is very traditional in some ways, mainly the vertical border and the center diamond. But the work before and after the center diamond, as well as the use of circles, is a touch that Irvin brings new to this piece. This type of handwoven wool blanket is commonly used as a wall hanging, or draped over the back of a couch. This piece has natural dyed blue as a background color and rusts, reds, tans, light browns, greens, natural included in its design. It uses natural dyes, which means that yarn in this piece uses dyes that were obtained from flowers, leaves, wood, or insects. It was woven by Irvin Trujillo who is a seventh-generation weaver, 2007 NEA National Heritage Fellow, and recurring Spanish Market top award winner. It measures approximately 48 by 72 inches.
Winged - 48x72 Chimayo blanket, handwoven wool
This type of handwoven wool blanket is commonly used as a wall hanging, or draped over the back of a couch. This piece has rust as a background color and light blue, light green, light yellow, orange, red included in its design. It uses mixed dyes, which means that at least some of these yarns are from natural dyes, and some of these yarns were hand dyed or commercially dyed. It was woven by Irvin Trujillo who is a seventh-generation weaver, 2007 NEA National Heritage Fellow, and recurring Spanish Market top award winner. It measures approximately 48 by 72 inches.