(This may be heavy on hyperbole, but it’s hard not to hit the high notes when talking about something this good!)
1) There is a proud history to Rio Grande weaving. There once were a lot of people here in New Mexico weaving blankets for trade to far away places. And that was over a period of hundreds of years. At any one time at least some of those weavers were trying new things – designs and techniques – and their legacy remains for us to explore.
2) The old pieces are things of beauty. The time we get to spend closely examining historic Rio Grandes is time we really enjoy. There are always exciting details to pay attention to, and new things to be learned from them.
3) The design process and the weaving process are one and the same – and it’s magic. Okay, sometimes we are working from pictures or things that are pretty well planned out. But even if we plan things out on paper, there are lots of design decisions that need to be made during the weaving process. For the most part, though, when we’re weaving a traditional design we get to design it while we are weaving it. It’s a very dynamic and exciting process that makes standing at the loom and weaving a mind-stimulating adventure.
4) Sometimes I can be all alone and weaving and never feel lonely.
5) Sometimes I get to weave and talk to the most interesting people at the same time.
6) I get to meet every kind of person there is. People come here from all over the world and from every walk of life. And they are almost always relaxed and happy when they are here ’cause they’re on vacation. And people are the most interesting things imaginable.
7) There are so many processes and skills that apply to this business that I am always learning new things.