Language of Color, Colors of Dignity

Teach me the language of color, and I will tell you my story. Together, we will tell the world. Rug Money author Mary Anne Wise has been traveling the textile byways in India the last couple of weeks. I’ve loved receiving the occasional missive from her where she reveals a funny moment or details an […]

What Happened in 2018

  Recently, Facebook showed me a little video it had produced to summarize the high points of my life in 2018. So thoughtful of them. They did manage to include some fun trips and moments with special friends, though they omitted a son’s wedding and a couple of other major milestones. Made me wonder what […]

Rosmery Pacheco’s Big Adventure

Respected

Publisher Linda Ligon and I have been on an action-packed book event journey in Minnesota and Wisconsin this week celebrating our new book Rug Money, its authors, and one of its talented young artists. Wednesday night we spent a delightful evening in the home of a Judith McGrann learning more about Rug Money and the […]

How An Aretha Franklin Impersonator Altered the Trajectory of My Life

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How can an Aretha Franklin impersonator, a mudslide in Guatemala, rug hooking, and a new book about forming a cooperative with Maya women in Guatemala possibly be all tied together? Author Mary Anne Wise tells us how in this amazing back story to her book Rug Money: How a Group of Maya Women Changed Their […]

The Story behind the Story

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Story and Memory Our two new fall books–Spider Woman’s Children and Rug Money–are beginning to arrive in bookstores, libraries, and maybe even your own mailbox. We’re shouting from the rooftops about how beautiful they are, how useful and inspiring. Celebrating new books always reminds me of the stories behind the making of the book. Little […]

Meeting Mary Anne

I can’t even remember how it happened. It was 2009. Mary Anne Wise, whom I’d never met, said, “Would you like to come to Guatemala with me?” She was going down on a buying trip to purchase textiles for a trunk show to benefit Friendship Bridge, a microlending organization. I may have expressed some interest […]

Respected by the Whole World

Respected

“Anything that is created by human hands should be respected by the whole world,” said Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate and Honorary Chair of the 2018 International Folk Art Market (IFAM) in Santa Fe. As I wandered through the stalls at the Market last weekend admiring the astonishing folk art, I felt that deep sense […]

Portal to Peru Old and New

I just drove down to Santa Fe to attend the Fifteenth annual International Folk Art Market. It’s always a great time to connect with fiber friends and especially our authors as many are also artisan participants, volunteers, or translators. (Look for a full recap in next week’s blog.) Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez of the Center for Traditional […]

We Live in Possibility

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I love this photo by Paula Lerner from the opening pages of Embroidering within Boundaries: Afghan Women Creating a Future. The color and determination of the balloon vendor striding down the bleak streets of Kabul reassures me every time I open the book. That idea of living in possibility came back to me several times […]

Ways of Seeing

Author Mary Anne Wise recently sent me some pictures that did my heart good. She and fellow author Cheryl Conway led a rug-hooking tour in Guatemala last month. On these tours, they partner members of Multicolores, the rug-hooking nonprofit they founded, with North American rug-hooking students. The Guatemalan artists share their techniques and processes with […]

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