Hello, everyone. My name is Emily Trujillo & I am the daughter of Irvin & Lisa Trujillo, and the 24 year-old 8th generation Weaver. It took me so long to start this because I had what I like to call a ’24 year teenage rebellion.’ I grew up being asked if I was a tapestry artist by almost everyone, so out of angst I played around with almost every other art medium: from jewelry to watercolors, tape sculptures to Photoshop. What really helped me change my mind was my college career. One of my majors was ‘Ethnology,’ the study of culture, and it really made me appreciate my own heritage. Even if I decide to go to grad school instead of following my parents’ careers as tapestry artists, I came back to Chimayo to make sure Rio Grande Weaving doesn’t end at 7 generations, and hopefully pass it on to the 9th.
This is my first piece that got named ‘Emily’s Triforce’ by my mom. I sold it before I was even ready to sell it & I wasn’t even sure I wanted to. I showed it to someone before it was even photographed, and they asked to buy it & so I quickly shot a – sadly – warped picture so I at least had something. This piece meant a lot to me, not only because it was my first, but also because at the time I was weaving it I was getting ready for my first figure skating competition. I was skating to the theme of “Legend of Zelda: The Windwalker,” a video game I played with my brother as a kid. Because of this, I was listening to the soundtrack from Windwalker & other various Zelda games during the entire 7 hours it took me to weave this. In other words, it represents a particular slice of my life. The triangle in the center is like a Triforce, but since in the game there are islands & mountains you sail to, it represents the land surrounded by the seas you explore. This story is important to my introduction because I hope to learn the traditional styles & techniques but use them to create my own style, one that represents my generation. I am my own artist with my own personality & life story, and it will reflect in my pieces. I hope to one day create works of art like my parents & not let them down, but only time & hard work will get me there. We shall see.
Emily now has her own page on the CTA website: http://www.chimayoweavers.com/category/ET.html