“I am a Navajo and a weaver…I come from a family of more than four generations of weavers…My maternal clan is Tabaaha (Water’s Edge) and my paternal clan is Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). I am originally from Leupp, Arizona on the Navajo reservation forty-eight miles northeast of Flagstaff. I currently reside in Mesa, Arizona, employed by Mesa Public Schools, and during the summer months, I conduct Navajo weaving workshops, lectures and presentations across the United States.
Navajo weaving has always been and continues to be passed on in my family. My grandmother wove rugs into her nineties. My mother, Martha Gorman Schultz, continues the tradition of weaving and has been a great inspiration to me…From watching my mother, I learned the basic weaving techniques –weaving rugs from elementary school through college for financial support. Influenced by museum curators and collectors to create innovative pieces, weaving has become an art for me to share with others as well as the financial support.
I weave because of my love of weaving and the challenge of creating unique weavings. I utilize techniques that I learned as a child, such as the plain weave, twill, double twill, raised outline, and more recently the double-faced weavings…I always like to go one step further than my last weaving whether it is in designing, dyeing, and/or techniques which necessitates experimentation…The weft count on my fine weavings are about 140 to 150 wefts to the inch. With this count I am able to create very finely detailed designs and can make circular designs.”
Marilou Schultz, Metallic Wearing Blanket, Woven using fine handspun yarn using cochineal, indigo, and other special dyed yarns to get the speckled effect, gradation of blue (dark to light) along with natural dark Churro yarn, Overall: 34 x 41 1/2in. (86.4 x 105.4cm), Courtesy of the artist, Mesa, Arizona