Weaving has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My mother began teaching me at the age of eight. During my adolescent and teenage years, I spent many long and rich summer hours working at my loom in the local weaving shop, dreaming up new designs, patterns, and color combinations and weaving them into reality.

At the time, I didn’t see anything special about it. Weaving was just a part of life – like breakfast, or baseball practice, or summer thunderstorms. I would never think to take a picture of my breakfast each day, and I didn’t think to take photos of the hundreds of pieces that I wove over a period of seven or so years. All of the weavings went up for sale in the weaving shop as I made them, and they all quickly sold.

I sometimes regret having taken so few pictures of my work… but at the same time, it’s kind of a neat idea to think that there are mysterious pieces of me in peoples’ homes across the country. It’s exciting to think that I could walk into a new acquaintance’s house someday and see one of my long-lost weavings hanging on their wall. I mean, wouldn’t that be wild?


3′ x 5′ rug-weight wool blankets – just two of hundreds woven over a period of seven years. Left: Blue and tan crosses in a palette inspired by the New Mexico landscape, handwoven with Rambouillet yarn. Right: Naturally dyed Cochineal red with natural black and gray Navajo Churro yarn

3′ x 5′ rug-weight wool blankets – just two of hundreds woven over a period of seven years. Left: Blue and tan crosses in a palette inspired by the New Mexico landscape, handwoven with Rambouillet yarn. Right: Naturally dyed Cochineal red with natural black and gray Navajo Churro yarn

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Laraloom belts. 100% wool, hand-dyed, handwoven. San Francisco, 2012

Laraloom belts. 100% wool, hand-dyed, handwoven. San Francisco, 2012

 
“Ancient Circuit Board.” 9″ x 35″ Handwoven art piece, 100% Cotton. San Francisco, 2010

“Ancient Circuit Board.” 9″ x 35″ Handwoven art piece, 100% Cotton. San Francisco, 2010


National Geographic World, August 2001

National Geographic World, August 2001

Weaving for onlookers at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s “El Río” exhibition in Washington, D.C., 2000

Weaving for onlookers at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s “El Río” exhibition in Washington, D.C., 2000

My sister and I run behind the family sheep under the watchful eye of the shepherd, Martín Romero.

My sister and I run behind the family sheep under the watchful eye of the shepherd, Martín Romero.