Morocco Here We Come

Morocco

Today begins our Thrums Books/ClothRoads Textile Arts Tour of Morocco with Susan Schaefer Davis, author of Women Artisans of Morocco. We’re about to board a flight for Casablanca, where we’ll meet Susan and several other textile travelers to visit many of the artisans featured in Susan’s book. I am so fortunate to have this opportunity […]

Respected by the Whole World

Respected

“Anything that is created by human hands should be respected by the whole world,” said Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate and Honorary Chair of the 2018 International Folk Art Market (IFAM) in Santa Fe. As I wandered through the stalls at the Market last weekend admiring the astonishing folk art, I felt that deep sense […]

We Live in Possibility

WeLiveInPossibility

I love this photo by Paula Lerner from the opening pages of Embroidering within Boundaries: Afghan Women Creating a Future. The color and determination of the balloon vendor striding down the bleak streets of Kabul reassures me every time I open the book. That idea of living in possibility came back to me several times […]

Seeds and Threads

I’m looking forward to this year’s meeting of Weave a Real Peace (WARP)  in Decorah, Iowa, in a couple of weeks. Little Decorah (population 8,000) is not easy to get to. From where I live, you either drive for twelve hours through flatlands and corn fields, or spend four hours negotiating the Denver airport and […]

Updates and Outtakes for Women Artisans of Morocco

Author Susan Schaefer Davis clues us in on what’s been happening since the publication of her new book Women Artisans of Morocco: Their Stories, Their Lives. It’s been an exciting time since my book Women Artisans of Morocco came out April 15. I’ve heard from lots of old friends—and am finally beginning to realize that […]

Refrains of Nature on Earth Day

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature–the assurance that dawn comes after night and spring after winter. ” Rachel Carson In celebration of Earth Day, we have a reprise of last year’s post–updated with some of our favorite places on earth—and some of our favorite people in those places. People who […]

Feisty Women

feisty women

“Fadma Wadal is a feisty old woman—my favorite kind—and a great storyteller,” writes Susan Schaefer Davis, introducing the first of many artisans in her new book Women Artisans of Morocco: Their Stories, Their Lives. She goes on to tell the story of Fadma who remembers spinning with wool stolen from the underbellies of sheep that […]

Women Artisans of Morocco–An Inside Look

Women Artisans

Just in time for the release of her new book, Women Artisans of Morocco: Their Stories, Their Lives, author Schaefer Davis drops by to give us the inside story about her work with two very different Moroccan artisans. Thanks, Susan! Readers often like a sneak preview of a book, so here is one for Women […]

Can Textile Travel Make You Smarter?

Fadma Wadal

Sometimes Facebook is more than a guilt-inducing time suck. Case in point: This morning it reminded me of an article that ran in Time magazine three years ago: “How Studying or Working Abroad Makes You Smarter.” Creativity Intensive travel helps one, the article said, to “think more complexly and creatively.” The extent to which a […]

Joy and Rugs Are Woven Fine

Rugs

This is Fatima El Mennouny sitting on her flatwoven picture rug. She lives in a small village at the foot of Morocco’s Anti-Atlas mountains. She’s one artisan featured in Susan Schaefer Davis’s book, Women Artisans of Morocco. A book that is being loaded on a ship in Hong Kong as I write, bound for safe […]

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