D.Y. Begay has been busy designing a mural for the wall of the Heard Museum. You can see a picture of it at the lower left of the photograph above. The prize winning piece that she’s standing next to goes back to some of her earlier work in dimension and combines an a spare design with D.Y.’s trademark asymmetrical southwestern landscape striping. Most of D.Y.’s yarns are hand-dyed, a trend with many top weavers. D.Y. uses the soak water from black beans as a source of color for some her darker yarns.
TahNiiBaa Naataanii was already busy talking with commission clients when I arrived, but she graciously posed with her shawl, entitled Mother Earth, a 2008 Divisional First Prize winner. TahNiiBaa also hand-dyes many of her yarns and does interesting work with shaped pieces. She also had a shaped vest that I didn’t get a picture of and she’s understandably protective of the techniques used to produce this type of weaving.
Tomorrow morning, we’ll visit with Sarah Natani, Gloria Jean Begay and Mary Henderson Begay.