Heard Museum 2012 Chapter 3: Jason Harvey Mixes Old Tradition, New Technique

Jason Harvey

Jason Harvey in his booth at the Heard Museum Indian Market

 Phoenix, AZ   Although the Heard Museum Indian Market is huge, returning artists are often given in the same space year after which makes it easier for visitors like me to find artists.   Glancing to my left after I talked Michael Ornelas, I saw the unmistakable work of Jason Harvey.  Jason is a master weaver who combines traditional patterns with a fabulous sense of color and weaving skill.   He also does quite of bit of vegetal dyeing to get the colors that he wants.  The Storm Pattern and the Saltillo Diamond dominated his work (although the Yei Bi Chei at top right in the picture below is also a showstopper). 

Storm Pattern and Yei Bi Chei

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Jason is also using a new diagonal single outline augmentation that I hadn’t seen before. A single separate thread is added to the outside line of the diagonal which adds a subtle dimensional effect and an opportunity for more color play.  Any horizontal base thread is woven in, but the diagonal thread just follows the angle without turning on any of the warps. There’s a detail of the technique below and if you hover your mouse over the picture, you will also appreciate Jason’s weaving skill and color sense.

Saltillo Diamond Detail (Jason Harvey)

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Looking ahead, we’ll stop next to chat with Marilou Schultz, who is always ready to try new designs and yarns. Wait till you see her take on the Chief Blanket!

Hagoshíí (so long for now)

Mary Walker

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