Big Sage Artisans
2716 Herradura Road, Unit E, Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States (US), 87577
575 741 1244
FRED BLACK, Weaver
Fred is a retired American Airlines pilot, a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Architecture, and was a registered Architect in New Mexico for 30 years. As a resident of New Mexico since 1969, he has developed a keen interest and appreciation for Southwestern art and textiles. It eventually led him to Tierra Wools, in Los Ojos, New Mexico, where he learned to weave. Fred weaves on a Rio Grande walking loom, not unlike the first looms brought to the New World by the Spanish in the early seventeenth century. His weavings are 100% Navajo Churro wool – warp and weft – which was the wool used by those early settlers. Churro sheep were, at one time, considered an endangered animal, and the wool is still considered quite dear. Its long staple and unique fiber composition make it unparalleled for use in rugs and blankets. All of these factors lead to an authenticity and strength in Fred’s southwestern pieces as well as his more contemporary efforts. He is featured in the 2011 Andrea Heckman documentary film, Woven Stories. His weavings are part of the set design for the HBO series “Succession”. Big Sage Artisans is a veteran owned, carbon neutral, small business.
I’ll be at the Mountain and Valley Wool Festival, Santa Fe Fairgrounds, Rodeo Road, on October 7th and 8th, Booth 4A in the Animal Pavilion. I’ll have about 20 pieces to sell.
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