Weaving was not handed down to her from her immediate family. Lisa Trujillo married into a fiber arts heritage that goes back seven generations. She learned her art from her husband, Irvin Trujillo, and his father, Jacobo. She began weaving in the early 80’s and has distinguished herself as a master weaver in her own right.
Lisa acknowledges the gift and the privilege of coming into such a rich legacy, and also the responsibility. It is Irvin’s family heritage and everything it stands for means so much. “He has extended family that ARE this place”, she says, and the fact that she’s the one who gets to live here when they’ve had to leave in order to earn their livings, weighs on her. “I am here, doing this thing,” she says, “and it feels sacred in a different way than the creative process is. All these people put so much work into this land. They stayed here. They suffered here. There’s a responsibility to those people—both the people that have passed and the people that are still around—and I do take that seriously.”
Her life in Chimayo is very different from anything she’d known before. She grew up in a city—Los Angeles—and the village is a whole culture she’s learning. She’s made choices that she’s hoping are OK: Her Spanish isn’t good, she’s not out there farming, she’s not pruning…
She also loves using up left over yarn—just a skein of this and a ball of that. She takes all the left overs for the whole shop, a role she enjoys, and that ends up defining her pallet. She’ll have all these colors but only a little of each and she has to figure out how to use them in ways that are artful and will also make sense. “I love that,” she says. “It’s fun to work with those kinds of limitations.” One of her newest pieces titled, When the Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of the Parts, was born from just this kind of unlimited/limited pallet.
Find more about Lisa, her work, and Centinela Traditional Arts at chimayoweavers.com
Love to you all,