Got some practice taking pictures of people in a crowd today with the new camera. I should edit these some before I post more. Artist and crafts people from all over the world.
Some pictures from the international folk art market
Great photos again. The portraits of the various women are excellent. Love the applique piece Susan is holding up and also the one behind her. That sounds like a fabulous show. Unfortunately, I am working on getting out of town on Tuesday to take DH for yet another step in his attempt to become the bionic man -- hip replacement in LA. Maybe I will catch next year. I have a friend who works as a volunteer in the show every year.
Paja, I was confused about when you were going and thought you had gone already and maybe gotten back. I wish him the Best and know all will be well. Next year I'm sure the festival will be excellent. It is too easy to spend money there, though! I forget where this woman is from, but I'm inclined to say Guatemala.
Hope the surgery goes well paj. Wow roybird, that looks like it was an awesome time. There is color everywhere! I believe it would be difficult to not spend a lot of money there.
And correspondingly it might be difficult to be there without a lot of money to spend.
beautiful feasts for the vision, Roybird, thank you very much. What exactly DID you buy, I wonder?
Your jacket is magnificent! And it shows a tremendous amount of work. I have been a textile freak my entire life. My house is full of textiles I have collected around the world. I see the bug has bitten you as well. Your photographs are magnificent. The first lady is either from Guatemala or, to me, more likely from Southern Mexico Chiapas or Oaxaca both places I have long dreamed of visiting.
I love the photo of all the little statues of women. The details of each one are fascinating and colorful -- enhanced by excellent photography.
A friend of mine was a part of a class action suit against the LANL. She her very substantial settlement to this festival last year and bought a magnificent silk rug woven in one of the stans. Can't remember which one at the moment. She loved the rug and felt because of the way the festival is run, that the money would go to the people who actually made the rug.
The jacket was really special. I didn't buy it. Way out of my league. I bought two small block prints by Jose' Francisco Borges. He is Brazilian and has illustrated at least one book by Eduardo Galeano, who lives in Uruguay. I have a couple of prints by Borges' apprentice, J. Miguel. They are woodcuts and in rather large editions, inexpensive. I met the printmakers about 10 years ago when they did a workshop and sale at the museum. I also bought two beaded bracelets, also inexpensive, from two African women. The better beadwork being from the older woman., the one in the picture. I have her name on a photo but have spaced on it for now. She beads her initials, E.M., on to all her pieces. Which I think is cool. I also bought two tiny clay angel ornaments @ $3.00 ea. from a Guatemalan woman. There were as many inexpensive things as expensive ones. I thought if I gave the bracelets to people for Christmas I could include a photo of the artist who made it. I know there are plenty of folk artists in this country, etc. but I enjoy connecting in some small way with people from other places. Plus, in the case of the printmaker especially, I like the art work. I did not get to see the whole market because I was the guest of my friend and wanted to stay with her most of the time.
In Santa Fe we have a huge American Indian market in August and a Spanish market which may have come and gone already, I forget. These markets generate a great part of the income these artists/craftspeople make. The markets are all kind of exhausting, crowded, etc. but the quality of the work is excellent. Personally, I like the folk art best. These photos are very minimally edited, if at all, because I am excited to show you the event. Another good thing is that children get to be there and there is music, too.
Indian Market and Hispanic Market are in August. Your pictures are wonderful. Color, interesting people, great crafts. I guess some day, I am going to have to brave the crowds and go.
Thanks for posting this roybird. I would have enjoyed it too, but just as well me and my wallet stayed home. That jacket is great. Your friend looks very much like a friend of mine's wife. They live in California.
The one with the jacket? Interesting. She is a jewelry designer and does live in California but is not married. At least not currently. She is really a friend of my old buddy, Susan, with the curly hair, who is very married. I have forgotten where these pottery pieces were from. I think the man in the background is the artist.
Great flag photo, roybird. Exposure vs. distance is the big problem in SLR's which is why I only kind of sort of covet one. I have other challenges right now, but I bet DH will have to have one eventually. He is skilled in that sort of photography. I am not. But if he buys one I can borrow it a lot! In the meanwhile, I love my point and shoot.