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Smithsonian Craft Show Artist Shops - Fringe Weaving: Dayna Fisk-Williams by Dayna Fisk-Williams
Tradition is the core of my work. The art form known as Rio Grande weaving began in northern New Mexico when Churro sheep arrived with the Spanish settlers in 1598. A craft that for the Spanish settlers was a necessity, has evolved into a joyful art form. I consciously preserve their traditions by using hand dyed Navajo-Churro wool from sheep raised in the Chama Valley in northern New Mexico. Additionally, I weave on a Rio Grande walking loom and use traditional weaving techniques. However, I create my own unique contemporary designs with bold, bright colors, striking angles, and overlapping patterns. My weaving journey began when I moved to the Chama Valley and studied weaving at the traditional weaving center in Los Ojos, Tierra Wools. I immediately felt as if I had been a weaver all my life. With time my weavings began to look and feel as good as I had felt on that very first day of weaving class. Now when I begin the process of a new weaving, I start with blank paper as designs swirl around in my head. Once my visions assume a concrete form on paper, I intentionally select colors that will make the design come alive. Then the weaving begins, with each weaving taking a different amount of time depending on the complexity and the number of color changes on each line. It can be a slow and painstaking process, but as the weaving slowly grows, the anticipation of seeing it for the first time when it comes off the loom is incredibly exciting. Rio Grande weavings are unique for many reasons. The use of Navajo-Churro wool, from a breed of sheep that the Spanish brought over 400 years ago, is but one aspect of these weavings that makes them unusual. Churro wool has texture, it shines and is full of character. The Navajo-Churro wool I use is from sheep raised in the valley where I live. Another unique feature is that the wool I use is hand-dyed over a wood fire and for this reason you will see great variation in the yarn color at times. These unexpected color changes make each weaving unique and one of a kind. Finally, the looms that are used for Rio Grande weaving are also quite unique. They are called walking looms. The weaver stands on the pedals and uses his or her full weight to change the shed and weave. The entire piece is woven while standing and changing weight which is the source of the name "walking loom". Before I began my weaving career, I had always been influenced by fiber, textiles and creating with them. Living in Japan and Korea for over a decade gave me exposure to their magnificent fabrics and designs. I spent as much time as I could using these textiles in different ways. But, as I was teaching elementary school at the time, I never had the chance to fully experience Eastern artistic techniques. After 25 years of teaching I finally found my artistic home in front of a Rio Grande loom. There, all of my life experience—including living abroad for over 20 years—have come together to inspire my personal and unique interpretation of Rio Grande weaving. I am one of 100 artists selected to be part of the prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show, hosted this year on Bidsquare. To learn more and see the full list of participating artists, click here. Read more
Dayna Fisk-Williams



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After the sale and upon receipt and clearing of payment in full, Artist will contact the Buyer. Shipping and insurance will be arranged directly between the Buyer and Artist. The Buyer shall be responsible for any shipping and insurance charges. No refunds will be given for any reason. Shipping costs are based on the weaving's weight and the location it will be mailed. There are no worries of breakage and most pieces cost less than $50 to anywhere in the US. For example, I weighed my largest weaving and calculated the shipping to NYC and it was $44.00. Insurance for my most expensive piece is $37, the average piece can be insured for around $20.00. My weavings are all one of a kind, woven by me and ready to be shipped immediately. Read more

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Artist, Bidsquare, and the Smithsonian Women’s Committee (the “SWC”) have collaborated to promote and conduct this 2020 Storefront Sale (“Storefront Sale”). The items in Artist’s Storefront Sale are offered and sold by Artist at “Buy Now” prices under the following Rules and Conditions of Sale in addition to any other terms set forth by Bidsquare. Anyone registering to buy or buying an item in this Sale (a “Buyer” in the “Sale”) accepts these Rules and Conditions of Sale. These Rules and Conditions of Sale constitute the entire agreement between the Artist and Buyer. A link on Artist’s Storefront Sale allows a Buyer to return directly to the Smithsonian Craft Show page on Bidsquare. [link] Additional terms and conditions required by Bidsquare and the Artist may apply to Buyer’s participation in the Storefront Sale. 1. Sales Prices of the items offered for sale are based on Artist’s current retail prices. All property is sold “as is” and all sales are final. 2. Billing and Payment Upon purchase and payment, the Buyer becomes the buyer and owner of the property. The Buyer is responsible for the amount of the successful bid, a 3% service charge, applicable taxes, and any other charges provided for in applicable Rules and Conditions of Sale and any required by Artist and Bidsquare. Payments shall be made in U.S. dollars. 3. Collection of Property After the sale and upon receipt and clearing of payment in full, Artist will contact the Buyer. Shipping and insurance will be arranged directly between the Buyer and Artist. The Buyer shall be responsible for any shipping and insurance charges. No refunds will be given for any reason. 4. Representations or Warranties Artist has made every effort to describe the property correctly and accurately and to provide an accurate image of each item. Artist represents and warrants that the property (i) will generally conform to the information provided; and (ii) is free and clear of all liens, claims and encumbrances. However, the Smithsonian Institution and the SWC make no representations or warranties of any kind or nature, express or implied, regarding the correctness of the description, physical condition, quality or importance of the property sold in the Storefront Sale or its fitness for any purpose. Artist and Bidsquare retain the rights to photographs, catalogue text, illustrations and other intellectual property contained in any Storefront Sale catalogue and on the websites related to the Storefront Sale. 5. Information Information, including Buyer's name, telephone number, e-mail address, and amounts of purchases, will be collected by Bidsquare and Buyer consents to such information being be made available to Artist and to the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, which may contact Buyer in accordance with the Smithsonian’s Privacy Statement as set forth at 6. Time and Duration The sale begins at 9:00 a.m., Eastern Daylight Savings Time (EDT), October 13, 2020. The sale ends on October 25, 2020 at 11:59pm. For more information, contact Artist at or 575-779-2577.