Prescott, AZ I love my job. I get to help people care for their Navajo textiles. I get to coordinate classes so that people can learn to weave the Navajo way. I get to meet weavers. Last Saturday, I met an exciting young weaver at the Smoki Museum rug auction and I’d like you to meet him too. Marlowe Katoney, of Winslow, Arizona wove the Rug of the Day, his fresh and contemporary take on the Storm Pattern. Marlowe wanted to learn how curved lines are woven, so he incorporated them into his design. One the left side of the pattern, he used elements that you’d expect in a traditional Storm Pattern. One the right, an open umbrella deflects a downpour from a well-shaped curvilinear cloud. It’s an effective study indeed.
Marlowe is weaving about 14 hours a day right now to complete a commission that is due in September. He is planning to be at the R.B. Burnham and Co. Canyonlands Natural History Navajo Rug Auction in Moab, Utah on September 10th, and I hope that he’ll also have some work ready for the Friends of Hubbell auction on September 17th. He has some interesting and exciting ideas on extending the market for Navajo textiles and it will be fascinating to see how these are reflected in his future work. How did Marlowe’s Storm Pattern do at the auction? You guessed it; I bought it. It has now been sold to a collector who is a great supporter of contemporary Navajo weaving. You can see a close-up view of it below. Hover your mouse of the image to enlarge any portion of it.
Hagoshíí (so long for now)