1 This is a colorful banner for the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. This year over 20,000 visitors gathered for the market spending more than $2.7 million dollars for folk art. All this purchasing is done in a well organized 21 hours. Each artist takes home 90% of these sales.
2 I really appreciate the workmanship of the folk art presented. Talking to the artisans, I learn the detailed work and hours involved to create each piece. When I bring my purchases home, I remember a special person and story about how each craft was conceived.
3 This is founder Judy Espinar, when she was a recent guest on Martha's SiriusXM radio show.
4 Shawn McQueen-Ruggeiro is the new executive director of the market. Her enthusiastic ideas and energy are a wonderful addition.
5 Manju, on the left, is from India and is part of SEWA Trade Facilitation Center, which was established in May 2003 by more than 15,000 women artisans in 220 villages in the Indian western state of Gujarat.
6 The women, all skilled artisans, are the producers, managers and owners of their collective livelihood. They're involved in every phase of their business. Here is a beautiful example of their work.
7 Janet and her sister, Joy, started Gahaya Links after the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. Staring with 27 women on a rural hillside, there are now over 4,000 women in cooperatives all over Rwanda. Gahaya Links is viewed as one of the best operated cooperative systems in the world.
8 This beautiful woven disc makes a great addition to a counter top or as a wall hanging.
9 Women gather from many villages to a cooperative meeting. A woman gains value in the community when people see her as the income producer.
10 Elhadji and his family work with craftsmen in 5 different villages in Niger. The money that they have made from the sale of their jewelry has enabled schools to be built and wells to be drilled.
11 Tuareg metal smiths make their jewelry by the lost wax method. It is then engraved and hammered and adorned with stones. Apprenticeships are usually 15 years.
12 Rangina works with nearly 400 women in Kandahar, Afghanistan, who are determined to make their craft even when they've been threatened daily for years with the effects of war.
13 The weaving of these shawls would take two women seven weeks to complete.
14 Thembi is one of 40 master weavers in Swaziland that present baskets at the Market. In all, there are 400 Weavers supported by Tintsaba Crafts. Training is largely mother to daughter.
15 Over the years color has been added to baskets. Skills taught include hand cleaning and spinning of the sisal. The spinning into thread takes as long as the basket weaving itself – 30 to 40 hours.
16 Nilda organized the Centro Textiles Tradicionales del Cuzco to preserve and revive Andean weaving.
17 The Centro now oversees a network of 600 weavers in cooperatives in 10 villages throughout the Cuzco region of Peru.
18 In the Gaza Strip, more than 500 refugee women make traditional embroidery clothing and shawls. Hend and Somaya are partners with the UN Relief and Works Agency to create the Sulafa Embroidery Project. The revenue, product knowledge, and self confidence from the Market has been inspiring for all the weavers. It has helped upgrade their capacity for meeting the global standard.
19 In Bolivia, a certain bromeliad is used to create fiber bags. A group of indigenous women established Cheque Oitedie cooperative to save this humble plant, after their community was forced to relocate 30 years ago. Today, the 45 women of the coop harvest the bromeliad and produce their hand-woven fiber bags.
20 A beautiful new book, "The Work of Art" was launched at this year's Market, celebrating the extraordinary achievement of the IFAM, encouraging readers to understand and invest in the living legacy of folk art and make a meaningful impact on lives worldwide.
21 This is Carmella Padilla, the Santa Fe author and journalist, who writes extensively about art, culture, and history in New Mexico. The book can be purchased at http://www.folkartmarket.org
22 If you want to see the best in international folk art and add wonderful art to your home or wardrobe, you should make plans to visit the Santa Fe IFAM in 2014. Check their website to make plans. http://www.folkartmarket.org
23 Each year, when I travel to Santa Fe for the IFAM, there is a favorite place I love to visit. It’s the Museum of International Folk Art, which was started in 1953 and is home to the world’s largest collection of folk arts - more than 130,000 objects from 34 countries.
24 Florence Dibell Bartlett, the founder of the museum, donated a core collection of 2,500 objects from 34 countries. She believed that encouraging people to interact with folk art and with one another would help promote cultural understanding.
25 The late Alexander Girard contributed his immense collection and designed this delightful exhibition, which opened in 1982. An interior designer and architect, he was well-known for his bold and colorful designs of textiles, household and office furnishings, graphics, and interiors for corporate clients.
26 The Girard Wing’s popular long-term exhibition, "Multiple Visions: A Common Bond" showcases folk art, toys, miniatures, and textiles from more than 100 nations.
27 The depth of the folk art figures in the exhibit was amazing. It was a replication of an original village scene.
28 The Hispanic Heritage Wing is one of the few museums in the US which has devoted space to display the art and heritage of Hispanic/Latino cultures.
29 The current exhibition called “New World Cuisine” highlights foods that originated in the New World and foods that were brought over from Europe via Spain, and Asia via the Spanish Manila Galleons.
30 Several special sections in the exhibition highlight specific food items. Two of these are chocolate and maté. The exhibition traces the origins, how they rose to popularity during the colonial period, and how they were introduced into European society and culture.
31 On display in the Neutrogena Wing, was an exhibit of Amish quilts. The display explores the aesthetics and tradition of Amish quilt making.
32 This chart outlines the quilting designs that were used in Amish quilts.
33 In Japan, kites have always been works of art and a popular pastime. The Tako Kichi exhibit explores the history and favored themes of these kites.
34 The term "Tako Kichi" roughly means "Kite Crazy" and is used to refer to the enthusiasts who are passionate about kites.
35 My favorite wing is the “Gallery of Conscience” which opened in 2010. Dr. Marsha Bol, Director of the Museum, explains the concept of this annual exhibit as a devotion to the examination of issues that threaten the survival of the traditional arts, bringing them to the attention of our visitors.
36 The current exhibit, "Let's Talk About This: Folk Artists Respond to HIV/AIDS" was unveiled on World AIDS DAY in December 2012 as an exhibition in progress.
37 Museum visitors have been invited to engage with the issues raised by the first set of artwork by talking, writing about, stitching, or drawing.
38 During the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, many women were infected with HIV/AIDS. To help these women lead productive lives and earn money for nourishing food, women cooperatives made sure that these women were included in the daily making of folk art crafts.
39 In the Summer of 2011, “The Arts of Survival: Folk Expression in the Face of Disaster” was exhibited in the Gallery of Conscience. It provided a window into the many ways in which contemporary folk artists use what they know best to respond to natural disasters.
40 "Wind" - Hurricane Katrina, US Gulf Coast 2005 - This exhibit by Joe Minter is called "Rebuild and Restore New Orleans." It combines found objects, discarded furniture, and a map in the shape of Louisiana made from scrapped metal strips woven through chain link.
41 "Earth" - Earthquake in Haiti, 2010 - Within moments of the earthquake in Haiti, millions were left homeless. These ceremonial vodou flags were created by Evelyne Aicide and Mireille Delisme after this disaster.
42 This was my favorite exhibit, featuring a Women Cooperative from ten different countries whose common bond of art connected them on their collaborative efforts to change the dynamics of their villages. Each cooperative has been featured at the Santa Fe IFAM.
43 The exhibit is currently at the Burke Museum in Seattle, WA until October 27th, and previously at Carnegie Museum of History in Pittsburgh, PA. It clearly presents the stories of Women Cooperatives.
44 This message in the Empowering Women exhibit tells the true lesson about the importance of supporting Women Cooperatives. Their success does change lives and offers wonderful, uplifting opportunities for women.