ARTIstry in Textiles

I was raised on a northern New Mexico sheep ranch, and the vivid memories of that experience continue to influence my weaving. Always remembering the land, the animals, the plants where the fibers originate, I have a keen awareness of the many human hands which process the yarns I now hold in my own hands, and the grateful appreciation for these ancient traditions.

Holding strands of nettle, wool or silk, unformed and without structure, I feel an obligation to allow the fiber its own journey through the weaving process. Each piece begins only with my “intention” for its design and then I simply observe where the fiber takes me….my job being only to guide it through the loom to its final form. Fiber does not obey or conform. It has a mind of its own and I am forever fascinated by the personalities of textiles, which are connectors and always bring me home.

As a fiber artist, I am committed to preserving the traditions and health of the fiber industry. Whenever possible, I use organic, sustainable and humanely sourced fibers. I am likewise committed to purchasing from small local ranchers/producers and from organizations providing training and income streams to disadvantaged populations. A percentage of all sales of my work are returned as donations to these efforts…just to keep the threads connected.

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Sam Elkins Textiles

We got this done today! A lot of hard work but so much fun... would love to share this exhibit with you. Georgetown Library June 2 thru July 16, opening reception June 13, from 2-4.It's official - our joint exhibition has been launched at the Georgetown Library. Although pretty beat after a day of hanging the artwork, Sam Elkins Textiles and I are quite happy with the results. Hope you can visit and especially on June 13 - 2-4 - for the opening reception!! ... See MoreSee Less

We got this done today! A lot of hard work but so much fun... would love to share this exhibit with you. Georgetown Library June 2 thru July 16, opening reception June 13, from 2-4.
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The small abode nook where I’ll be weaving for the next month. Taos, a never ending view of snow covered Mt Wheeler, bright sun, cold temps, a new supply of local wool. Very aware of my current happiness. ...

So glad I made it to the The Sean Scully retrospective currently at the Ft Worth Modern. Phenomenal exhibit. ...

Nightly quiet time weaving on my favorite old lap loom. Coasters for gifts. And yes… my toenail polish is the same blue as this organic cotton yarn. Simple pleasures. ...

“A Sun Lit Moment” a summer pallet of fibers woven with hand painted papers from Diane Sandlin Studios… yeah, this is workin’ ...

Still working this …2 weavings/same hemp fiber, 1 raw color, 1 dyed black coming together in one large draped piece. ...

Been waiting for a good day to dye this raw hemp for a new weaving. The resulting gorgeous shade of charcoal black came from walnut hulls & iris root. And yes, no matter how careful I am, I still managed to stain my hands…. totally worth it! ...

Next up on the loom.. weaving this gorgeous pallet of colors with beautiful painted papers from Diane Sandlin Studios... honestly... she gave me permission to tear these papers into strips for weaving! ...

A huge thanks to all who attended our opening reception yesterday. It was fabulous! Diane & I were so grateful for the great response to the exhibit and to Dana Hendrix of the Georgetown Library for her gracious & efficient help in making this happen. The show will hang until July 17 so please come see it if you can. Art will save the world. ...

One of the blended groupings from our current exhibit at the Georgetown Library, Diane Sandlin’s gorgeous paintings complimenting my textiles. Reception this Sunday, June 13, 2-4. Join us! ...

Diane Novosad Sandlin and I got our long awaited exhibit installed at the Georgetown library today. June 2 - July 16, opening reception on Sunday June 13, 2-4 pm. Would love to share it with you! ...

New passion: weaving in pure raw linen. New website: www.samelkinstextiles.com, New exhibit with Diane Sandlin (www.Diane Sandlin studios.com) at Georgetown Library, June 3-July 16th, opening reception June 13, 2-4. Mindfully grateful for it all! ...

small section of a new linen weaving titled Bringing the Peats Home. Honoring an old Hebrides tradition of crofter women collecting/carrying peat in creel or “kish” baskets. ...

Our long awaited co exhibit! So proud to share space with Diane Sandlin and her remarkable paintings. Georgetown Library June 1 - July 18, Opening reception Sunday June 13, 2-4 pm ...

Shadowy linen piece just off the loom. So in love with the raw texture of this fiber. More pieces to follow! ...

Sam Elkins Textiles.... shaking things up a lot! A new website under construction, a new body of textile work and a new exhibit in June. The studio is busy and the work board is full of new ideas. Stay tuned! ...

Quiet Christmas Day, a long walk at our fav park, feeling grateful for our health, continued common sense and the love of sweet dog Gemma. ...

The drive to the Taos ski valley in Fall makes the world seem less out of control. ...

Blazing Fall colors, High Road to Taos ...

As we come to the end of our 5+ week stay in northern New Mexico we are grateful for the quiet solitude and time to be outside in this beautiful environment every single day. Till next time New Mexico! ...