Friday, April 6, 2012

Meet Glenna Dean & Pat Dozier

Glenna Dean

Archeobotanical Services

PO Box 658

Abiquiu, NM 87510


• Dyeing & Dye Supplies • Handspinning • Knitting & Crocheting • Lace

I specialize in dyeing with native plants and Spanish Colonial dyestuffs.

• Can do custom work

Glenna Dean’s Abiquiu Dye Studio on the banks of the Chama River specializes in plant dyes (not extracts) mostly grown or gathered in Northern New Mexico. Period dyes recreate Spanish Colonial colors on heirloom churro wool yarns for colcha embroidery, tapestry weaving, felting, knitting and crochet. Natual-dyed sock, DK and fingering yarns of blue-faced leicester, merino, and more are the makings of unique wearable art. Play with the rainbows!

Glenna Dean holds advanced degrees in archeology and botany and is trained as an archaeobotanist. She specialized in the identification and analysis of pollen grains from archeological artifacts (like grinding stones and pottery vessels), the identification of burned seeds and broken plant parts, and technological analysis of textiles, sandals, and other artifacts made from plant or animal fibers.

Cotton was grown in the American Southwest before Columbus, and 700-year-old cotton textiles are still bright with red, black, and yellow colors. Glenna's search for possible sources for the ancient dyes turned into a study of natural dyeing—and a passion all its own.

These are samples of Glenna's naturally dyed yarns.

Pat Dozier


• Weaving - tapestry, runners & pillows, hand-dyed yarns

• Available for individual instruction

I have been weaving tapestries since 1993 when I moved to New Mexico, taking a year off to pursue my art. The impressions of objects and forms appear in my work as geometric renditions of shadow forms, color blends and large stylized pottery shapes. I'm currently working on a series of runners featuring bold color blends .

My work is characterized by strong, asymmetrical designs. My usual colors, black and white, are sometimes mixed with other strong hues all of which I dye myself in order to get the variety richness of color.

What I would like to evoke are those memories or moments of beauty we experience in our everyday lives. Like patterns of shadows, the color of an adobe wall, a bit of pottery or feather the juxtaposition of rock and sky: glimpses of beauty I should like to capture .
I began weaving in college when a part of a class project was to copy/recreate a "master work" of art. I chose to create a Navaho-style rug, beginning with building the loom, handspuning the yarn, and weaving my first tapestry. I was hooked!

Later, when I took a Victor Jacoby's workshop and was exposed to the wide range of tapestry work, I felt that weaving tapestries could be a valid vocation. I moved to New Mexico in 1992 to devote more time to tapestry weaving.

Currently I'm mostly focusing on the runner format.  (see pictures below and under 'Limited Editions' on my web site) I make my living weaving and dyeing yarns. The runners are affordable yet allow me to experiment with new ideas.

Contact Pat:

Pueblo Runner 58" x 15"

Strata Runner-Sage 42" x 16"

Zig-Zag Runner-Reds 16" x 15" 

"Ziggy" Blanket  72" x 42"

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