I made my yearly sojourn to the International Folk Art Festival this past weekend. It’s always hot and there are thousands that descend in an area of Santa Fe known as “museum hill”. For three days the area is transformed into a global village where 150 artists from more than 54 countries bring their skilled craftsmanship of wares to be bought/sold/discovered by us westerners. Bright colors, beautiful textures, jewelry, ceramics, instruments, men and women dressed in their countries’ traditional dress. There was a moment when I thought, “international consumerism”; but this swiftly shifted to “a peaceful gathering of 20,000 human beings from around the globe sharing themselves and their wares simply seeking support and recognition from another part of the world.”
This image is one of several I made of the beautiful women I came upon during my visit. I was just about ready to leave when I saw her sitting simply in a chair, not trying to sell her trade, just sitting, open. I approached and asked her permission to take her photo. She simply smiled and nodded her head. I knelt down, fairly close and took the picture. As I stood up she continued to smile, I said thank you and she extended her hand to me. In that moment, everything stopped, as if I’d been awarded the kindest, gentlest, most graceful, thought filled courtesy by my sister from around the world.
This is what Vision & Verb is. We are sisters from around the globe. We come, we go, we visit, we stay for the long haul. We share, we are quiet. We communicate, we hold back. We take care and we support. We are the perfect representation of the ebb/flow/warp/weft/breathe in/breathe out.
We are how a global community pulsates.