Throughout the course we learned how to spin, dye, construct a Navajo style loom, and weave. Each of these processes required skills I don't really have, but upon repeating similar steps over and over again and redoing many parts it became easier and much more intuitive. I photographed and scanned my documentation, I wanted to combine technology + traditional techniques. I created this board in order to visualize every aspect of my process more clearly and to keep track of what I've accomplished.
When I was weaving + spinning it reminded me of my Mexican-American heritage and how similar these traditional Navajo techniques intersect with a lot of the techniques Mexican weavers use as well, with that in mind I really wanted to pay homage to the colors of the Mexican desert, more specifically the Oaxacan desert. The hills of Mexico vary in many different and beautiful colors of brown, red, pink, white, grey, and orange. Trying to mimic these colors is impossible since you can't really make a color that is that authentic. I tried my best to reveal these colors by using madder root + walnut hull and modifying them with iron. As I was documenting and looking over all the photographs I have, I began to think about the concrete design I wanted to portray in my weaving. I decided it was best to not think too much about it, so in the end I let the weaving design itself. It was very unpredictable and I enjoyed the final outcome of the weaving.