Laverne

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Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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I used to have a one-woman knitting buslness using my machine to make headbands for the ski industry in Australia. My favorite designs were borrowed from the Maya and Aztecs. Little did I know way back then in the early 80s that I would end up living in Latin America and learning to weave on a backstrap loom. My first weaving adventure was with Navajo tapestry in 1995. My planned Utah hiking trip was interrupted by a crazy mountain bike accident and while hobbling around a museum in Grand Junction,Colorado, I fell in love with Navajo designs. I was fortunate to find a teacher right there in G.J. As soon as I got home, I built a loom and reignited my love of fiber with a new craft. From there I started investigating Peruvian weaving in books in my home in Punta Arenas, Chile and was finally able to travel to Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Guatemala, living with indigenous families and learning their art. Now I live in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.