|Transition, World Cultures Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland.|
Traveling further south, and back to where cochineal's been used in dyeing for at least centuries, Demetrio Bautista Lazo carries on his family's dyeing and weaving traditions. His website has examples of his work, a video, and detailed information about how the plants he gathers are used to dye the wool he weaves with. This weaving shows all the beautiful cochineal shades I love!
And while I don't know if the final artist uses cochineal dyed yarn in his work, I couldn't resist featuring him! Four-year-old Shawn Begay (I don't know if he's related to DY - Begay is a very common last name) is definitely an up and coming Navajo weaver. Weaving is usually a female thing among the Navajo, but often boys are also taught. Shawn comes from a weaving family and definitely inherited a gift! Enjoy listening to Georgiana Kennedy Simpson's interview about his second creation in this video ...
Happy Creating! Deborah