Elizabeth Jenkins

My work is about color and texture. I have been weaving fabric and making garments since 1979. I started collecting textiles in the mid 1970's. At the time, I traveled extensively in Mexico, Guatemala, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. The connection between hand-woven textiles and the Indian's lives and culture fascinated and intrigued me. It was at this time that I decided to become a weaver. I moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1978 and bought a loom. I learned the basics of loom weaving in Vermont in 1975 but my sense of color and contrast came from my connection to indigenous cultures. In 1990 and 1991, I traveled to Indonesia with my family to collect and study the textiles there. Later, in 2002, I made a similar trip to Thailand. Most recently in my quest to collect and study textiles I have returned to Thailand and also traveled to Laos North Vietnam and Japan. 

I am basically a self-taught weaver. The creative process in my work is very intuitive and non-linear. My sense of color is connected to my spirit and the realization that color is life. Presently I am doing a discharge dye process on the woven fabric off of the loom. This process adds patterns and complexity of design to the fabric and gives it a multilayered appearance.