Spotlight: Evelyn Bird Quintana
Evelyn Bird Quintana’s mother, Lorencita Bird, learned to embroider at the old Santa Fe Indian School in the 1930s. “She said they’d bring in all these women from the different pueblos who showed them how to do these things,” Quintana recalls, “like how to set up your designs on your embroidery. My mother was already good in her art, and that’s when she started putting her designs on graph paper.”
Evelyn explains how her mother got her inspiration for her embroidery designs and also created her own.
Over the years, Quintana’s mother accumulated a huge library of designs, some copied from textile pieces and pottery she saw in museums, and many original designs she created herself, not only for traditional dance outfits, but also for contemporary pieces. “Let’s put it this way,” said Quintana, “I’ve got enough designs to last forever!”
Learn more about Evelyn Quintana and her embroidery.
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