Blue Windows by Skaidrite McKeag
55" x 37"
Hand-dyed silk and wool
"One of my favorite designs because of its elegant simplicity." - Skaidrite
Skaidrite is our featured, local tapestry artist for the month of August. This piece will only be available until August 31st.
How to purchase this tapestry:
1) If you love it and know you want to purchase it, great! Add it to your cart and check out. We will ship it your way on September 1st, when the show ends. You will get free shipping, of course.
2) If you love it, but aren't 100% sure, no problem! Chat with us or send us an email and, if this piece doesn't sell during the course of the show, we will send it your way (free shipping) on September 1st, for you to see in person! If you love it, great! If not, you can send it right back to us, no questions asked (and free return shipping, of course)!
I find beauty in simplicity. Geometric images are especially adapted to the architecture of weaving. I am a visual person and see designs everywhere, mostly in nature, but also in human creations, especially architecture. My tapestries are an abstraction of what I see. Some of the designs have been inspired by my own photographs, others by geometric design theory and Fibonacci numerical progressions. I have also been influenced by work I have seen in Latvia, my country of birth, which has a long history of tapestry weaving.
I use color to accentuate a design and to create a harmonious flow. Dyeing my own yarn has enabled me to create designs with graded colors and achieve uniformity of effect in multi-colored pieces by using the same dyes in various proportions. The weave structure itself, as well as the fiber, give additional depth to the colors used.
I use a plain weft-faced weave and work either from a full-scale cartoon or develop the piece from a small drawing. Sometimes a planned design evolves in an unexpected direction when worked in fiber, producing an interesting and unexpected result. It is very satisfying to see an envisioned design grow into a unified tapestry.
Skaidrite was born in Latvia, but was forced to flee that country when the Soviet reoccupation of the country was imminent in the fall of 1944. She had just turned six. Her parents and she spent the next 5½ years in a displaced person refugee camp in Germany, in the American zone. In 1950 they had the opportunity to be sponsored by a church, which enabled them to emigrate to the United States. Making a living seemed much more possible in the United States than in what was left of Europe after the second world war.
Given this background, when time came for Skaidrite to make choices about her future, she headed toward a secure profession, one with which she could find employment in almost any city. Skaidrite earned the credentials to be a Registered Dietitian and functioned in that capacity for several years before returning to school for a Master of Public Health Nutrition degree. She worked in the public health arena until retiring in 1997. Her last position was with the New Mexico Department of Health.
Although she has always had a fascination with design and color, she was unable to start weaving until retirement. Skaidrite feels very fortunate to be living in the Southwest with its landscapes, colors and exciting weaving environment. It is also fortunate that Latvia became free once again in 1991. She has been able to return several times to visit relatives, as well as tapestry museums and weaving studios, and to immerse herself more in Latvian ethnographic designs. It is interesting to note that some of the Latvian designs are very similar to those of the Navajo. All these influences are present when she creates her tapestries. She lives in Santa Fe with her husband, Roy, who is a fine art photographer.