Mercado has long been one of the favorite weekly elements of Ghost Ranch summer and fall days. This long-time tradition that invites local folk and fine artists from our surrounding community to display their creations and sell to Ghost Ranch guests and community was really missed during this covid-19 closure period.
Help us support these local northern New Mexico artists. Some pieces are one-of-a-kind and are sold through our Trading Post. Others pieces you can view and purchase directly through the artist’s website.
Glenna Dean is the retired New Mexico State Archaeologist. She comes to natural dyeing from a professional career in archaeology and botany (archeobotany), a fascination itself rooted in a childhood desire to experience what it was like to live in the past. As a natural dyer, Glenna combines a twigs-and-berries approach with sustainably gathered plants growing in Northern New Mexico and generally within a 20-mile radius of her home.
The work of the Abiquiu Dye Studio combines a deep appreciation for traditional cultures of the area with inspirational landscapes and unusual techniques of yarn dyeing. Glenna is happiest when she challenges herself to interpret the beauty of Northern New Mexico with plants and yarn. She has published the results of some of her research and dyeing in Spin-Off Magazine, Handwoven Magazine, Ply Magazine, Piecework Magazine, and has been featured in the Arts Section of Española’s Rio Grande Sun weekly newspaper as well as public presentations and workshops.
Glenna has created Colcha embroidery kits that are a fun and easy craft for all ages!
THE STORY OF COLCHA EMBROIDERY
Wool-on-wool Colcha embroidery in northern New Mexico dates from the Spanish Colonies of the 17th century. A variation of laid stitch, the self-couching colcha stitch uses a single needle to place at least 95% of the thread on the surface of the work.
The coarse sabanilla ground cloth, hand woven with yard handspun from primitive Churro sheep, was covered with colcha designs of handspun Churro wool yarns colored with native plants, cochineal bugs and dyes imported from the far-flung Spanish Empire.
The completed textile was used as a quilt or bedspread, warm and bright with freehand flowers, vines, leaves, animals and birds. After the mid-19th century, American traders brought cotton cloth to New Mexico over the Santa Fe Trail, weaving and embroidery of woolen sabanilla ceased except in traditional Hispanic communities isolated in the mountains of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.
Elle Curley-Jackson & Nicholas Jackson
Elle Curley-Jackson is from the Dine (Navajo) Nation. She was born in Gallup, New Mexico to the late Martina Howard Curley of Coyote Canyon, New Mexico. Her matrilineal clan is Kinlichii’nii (Red House People). Her father is Todich’iinii (Bitter Water) clan. Her grandfather is Kimyaa’aanii (Towering House People). Her Nallii’s are To’cheedliinii (Water Flows Together) clan.
Elle has three sons, Nicholas, David and Miles. Silversmithing has always been a sustainable trade for generations of the Navajo people. As such, Elle learned silversmithing by helping her older sibling while in her early teens. Her jewelry making is influenced by the antique/vintage Navajo jewelry her brother and sisters handcrafted in the 1970s.
Strongly encouraged to attend college, Elle studied Art and Design at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. She received her BFA with an emphasis in Jewelry/Metalsmithing in 1998.
Throughout her smithing career, Elle has been privileged to make jewelry for many people, as well as provide instruction in a variety of settings to all ages. Elle enjoys making vintage style and contemporary jewelry as well as pow wow, NAC and even AA jewelry for family and relatives. Being an independent craftsperson has allowed her and her family to travel and sell her jewelry at various Native American venues and open art marketing across the United States.
Albuquerque native Nicholas Jackson is a 4th generation Navajo silversmith with over 10 years of experience constructing and designing jewelry. His mother discovered his talent and cultivated his skills, but he quickly branched out to create his own style. Using sterling silver and beautiful natural stones, he creates attractive modern art jewelry with old Navajo style influence. His impeccable attention to detail, innovation and creativity is seen in each piece. He makes appearances throughout the United States to showcase his jewelry.