LaDonna Mayer Tapestry
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I began weaving in 1973 in Corpus Christi, Texas. My boyfriend at the time was an art student who had become involved in sailing. He didn’t want to be stuck in a classroom for the spring semester, so he opted for an independent study project: building a loom. His professor accepted his project with one condition. The loom had to work. As he had absolutely no interest in learning to weave, I learned to weave and wove his project for him. I was hooked! My first piece sold at his student art show under his name.
The loom was an 8-harness counter balance with a 60” weaving width. We moved the loom with us from Texas to Oklahoma, where I sat up a shop weaving and selling rugs, bags, pillows, ponchos, etc. From Oklahoma we and the loom moved to West Virginia, where I learned Overshot and other Colonial weaves. We got married and I gave birth to a daughter in 1975. From there, in 1976, we moved to Flagstaff, AZ. In Flagstaff I managed and operated The Covered Bridge Weaving Studio & Gallery. I did production weaving and taught classes. On weekends I taught natural dyeing and candle dipping at the community Art Barn.
My daughter and I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1979. The loom and the husband did not move with us. I still miss the loom. My weaving opportunities became sparse, mostly backstrap and inkle weaving. In 2005 I recommitted to weaving. In 2007 I took a tapestry weaving class in Taos, NM and was hooked again! In 2008 I began to seriously study tapestry weaving with master weaver James Koehler. I was still studying with James until his death in March of 2011. I was one of his apprentices, learning (among other things) the art of acid dyeing. My commitment to tapestry runs deep.
Fine Art Tapestries
Santa Fe NM: The Contemporary Tapestry Gallery - FIRST ANNIVERSARY SHOW- July 5-27th, 2015
Santa Fe NM: The Contemporary Tapestry Gallery - MYTHOLOGY - April 5 - 25th, 2015
Santa Fe NM: The Contemporary Tapestry Gallery - BOTANICA - March 1 - 28th, 2015
Santa Fe NM: Rail Yard Artisan Market
Santa Fe NM: Rail Yard Artisan Market (juried in for the year of 2017)
Santa Fe NM: The Contemporary Tapestry Gallery - July 2014 - May 2017
Taos NM: Weaving Southwest Gallery - June 2010 to February 2012 (now defunct)
National Association of Professional Women (2015)
American Tapestry Alliance (ATA) (2013-2016)
President of Art Through the Loom Guild (2011-2012)
Las Tejedoras Tapestry Group (2009-2015)
Dahlonega GA, USA: ELEMENTS: earth, air, fire, water - January 17 - February 14, 2019
Much Wenlock, Shropshire, England: ELEMENTS: earth, air, fire, water - August 31 through September 24, 2018
Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England: Riversley Gallery - ELEMENTS: earth, air, fire, water - International Invitational group show with 10 USA artists, 10 UK artists and 10 AU artists - June, 2017
Melbourne, Australia: Australia Tapestry Workshop - ELEMENTS: earth, air, fire, water - International Invitational group show with 10 USA artists, 10 UK artists and 10 AU artists - May 17 through June 9, 2017
Santa Fe NM: El Museo Cultural - Fiber Crawl Invitational - May 12-14, 2017
Santa Fe NM: LaFarge Library - solo exhibit - TRIBAL REVERBERATIONS - Dec 19-31, 2016
Santa Fe NM: Back Street Bistro Art Space - group show with 2 other artists: Lura Brookins, pastels and oils: Alicia Otis, giclee prints - December 4, 2016 through January 29, 2017
Canberra, Australia: Australian National University - ELEMENTS: earth, air, fire, water - International invitational group show with 10 USA artists, 10 UK artists and 10 AU artists - September 2016 through ?
Santa Fe NM: The Contemporary Tapestry Gallery - ARTIST IN THE GARDEN, solo exhibit - March 18 - April 16, 2016
Santa Fe NM: The Contemporary Tapestry Gallery - FIRST ANNIVERSARY SHOW - July 5-27, 2015
Santa Fe NM: The Contemporary Tapestry Gallery - BLUE - May 3-30, 2015
Santa Fe NM: The Contemporary Tapestry Gallery - MYTHOLOGY - April 5-25, 2015
Santa Fe NM: The Contemporary Tapestry Gallery - BOTANICA - March 1-28, 2015
Cortez FL : Florida Maritime Museum - STORIES OF THE SEA - February - April, 2015
Santa Fe NM: The Contemporary Tapestry Gallery - SMALL THINGS . . . - December 7 -31, 2014 (Blue Nude, Green Nude, Red Nude, Purple Nude & Yellow Nude)
Placitas NM: Placitas Art Series - TAPESTRYFIVE SHOW - September 27, 2014 - October 31, 2014 (Jazz Dancer, Shadow Dancer, Bubble Nebula)
Cedar Crest NM: The Watermelon Gallery - TAPESTRYFIVE SHOW - September 6, 2014 - October 3, 2014 (Afrika, Calypso, Fire Dancers, Flame Dancers)
Santa Fe NM: State Land Office - TAPESTRYFIVE SHOW - July 1, 2014 - July 30, 2014 (Moons of Dionysus, Moons of Scylla & Satellite I )
Taos NM: Black Mesa Winery - TAPESTRYFIVE SHOW - May 23, 2014 - June 20, 2014 (Jazz Dancer, Blue Echo & Black Hole)
Santa Fe NM: Studio 17 -TAPESTRYFIVE PREMIER SHOW - March 21, 2014 - April 27, 2014 (Fire Dancer small & Southern Crab Nebula)
Long Beach CA: ATA: PACIFIC PORTALS - SMALL FORMAT TAPESTRY - non-juried INTERNATIONAL show - Long Beach Public Library - Main Branch - July 7 - August 30, 2012. (Prince Phineas IV)
Los Alamos NM: Fuller Lodge Art Center - LAS TEJEDORAS TAPESTRY GROUP - January 13, 2012 - February 18, 2012 (Black Cross, Purple Mountains & Gray Cross with Blue Sky)
Los Alamos NM : Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery - LAS TEJEDORAS TAPESTRY GROUP - August 19, 2011 - September 16, 2011 (Afrika, Calypso I)
Santa Fe NM: Wells Fargo Bank - ART THROUGH THE LOOM GUILD - non-juried show - January 3, 2011 - January 28, 2011 (American Cities: Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin)
La Crosse, WI: Pump House Regional Arts Center - “IN SHADES OF GRAY” - all-media national juried show - November 4, 2010 - January 4, 2011 (American Cities: New York)
Santa Fe NM: ATA: ENCHANTED PATHWAYS - SMALL FORMAT TAPESTRY - non-juried INTERNATIONAL show - William & Joseph Gallery - July 10 - 31, 2010 ( River of Light)
Abiquiú NM: Ghost Ranch Museum - ART THROUGH THE LOOM GUILD - April 29 - July 6, 2010 - non-juried show- (American Cities: New York & American Cities: Austin)
Los Alamos NM: Fuller Lodge Art Center - NON-JURIED SHOW, ALL MEDIA -April 9 - May 15, 2010 (American Cities: Chicago & American Cities: Los Angeles)
Vancouver, WA : Sixth Street Gallery - 5th ANNUAL FIBER ARTS FESTIVAL - Sixth Street Gallery juried show - August 5 -30, 2009 (Purple Mountains)
Durango, CO: Fort Lewis College Center for Southwest Studies - IWC (Intermountain Weavers Conference) FIBER CELEBRATED juried show, July 27- September 20, 2009 (Rio Grande Sunset)
Albuquerque NM: Manuel Lujan Building @ Expo NM - FIBER ARTS FIESTA juried show, May 21-23, 2009 (Two Moons - Mars)
Los Alamos NM: Fuller Lodge Art Center - EVFAC juried show: CROSSINGS: Fiber Color Culture - March-May 2009 (Twelve Moons- Jupiter , Moonrise with Pleiades, Storm Over Mesas, Pink and Purple Sunset, Sunset Over Jemez)
Santa Fe New Mexican: PasaTiempo - April 10, 2015 - Exhibitionism - "Calypso II" photo - page 55
Santa Fean NOW (Santa Fe NM) - October 2-8, 2014 - Style - Contemporary Tapestry Gallery - p. 43, Vol. 1, No. 21.
SANTA FE REPORTER (Santa Fe NM) - July 2-8, 2014 - Arts Valve: IN LOOM - page 33
Fiber Art Now Magazine - Spring 2014 Vol.3, Issue 3 - The Freedom of Working in Series - pages 33 & 34
American Tapestry Alliance Newsletter: Tapestry Topics - Fall 2013 Vol. 39, No. 3 - pages 12 & 13 (with photos)
Art Through the Loom Guild Website Newsletter - July 2013 - Artist of the Month
Rebecca Mezoff's blogspot - June 23, 2013
You Tube - June 23, 2013 - LaDonna Mayer's 51 Cities
SANTA FEAN Magazine Calendar Blog (Santa Fe NM) - May/June - People We Love/Artist Spotlight
LOS ALAMOS Monitor (Los Alamos NM) - August 11 - "Tapestry group to show work...." - B1
Albuquerque Journal SANTA FE/NORTH (Santa Fe NM) - August 19 - "Honoring a Teacher" - S4
USA TODAY - July 30 - Photo, Front Page of Section D - "New Mexico's vibrant tapestry"
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Dallas News: Travel - May 1, 2017 - New Mexico's new 'fiber crawl' event showcases the state's love of yarn - mention and photo - "DALLAS TX " from 51 American Cities series.