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Workshop: Card Weaving Workshop with Tamara Ann Burgh


Metaphor & Method: Card Weaving Workshop with Tamara Ann Burgh, Inupiat & Swede Artist

1-4PM | January 20 | At Santa Fe Art Institute | $40 Registration


Join us for an introduction to card weaving  workshop instructed by Tamara Ann Burgh, Inupiat and Swede artist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico and SFAI Equal Justice Artist-in-residence. Also called tablet weaving, card weaving uses a set of 4-hole punched cards and yarn or thread passing through these holes creating a simple weaving loom for making bands for belts, bookmarks, bags, ties, ribbons, eyeglass case and many other imaginative uses. All proceeds directly support SFAI Equal Justice residents and our tuition-free international social justice-themed residency program.

How can creative practice promote healing of trauma on personal, familial, cultural, and societal levels? SFAI Equal Justice resident and Santa Fe artist Tamara Ann Burgh ponders this very complex question in her artwork, which often employs weaving as both metaphor and method. Specifically, Tamara addresses intergenerational trauma in Native Americans, informed by research and personal experience, by deftly creating card weaving and other textile works that reference DNA and the trauma woven into her indigenous heritage.



This hands-on workshop will provide participants with the basic design principles, materials, and techniques necessary to create their own personalized card weaving project which can be finished at home. Once the basics of card weaving are mastered, applications are endless!

–The workshop is open to teens (13 and up) and adults.

–No prior weaving experience necessary.

–Participants should bring or wear a belt.

–All materials for the workshop will be provided.

–Cost: $40 (includes $15 materials fee).



Moving alternately between Colorado and Illinois as a child, Tamara (Inupiat/Kawerak, Swede) jokes she was raised on Interstate 80. As an adult she has lived in Alaska, Australia, Wisconsin and the Chicago area. Tamara also spent several years in New Mexico in a community of other artists where she exhibited her work locally, including a two-woman installation entitled MY LIFE AS A DRESS; inspired by animistic tribal peoples who seemingly dress to reflect their beliefs. After more than a decade in NW Arkansas caring for her elderly mother, Tamara is back in New Mexico with a studio in Santa Fe. Tamara’s regionalist drawings are part of permanent collections at the college and public library in Nome, Alaska and University of Alaska, Juneau. While she appreciates modern technique, Tamara cannot ignore the tactile appeal of material from nature. The combination of the two in some of her work perhaps reflects the two worlds she inhabits: that formed by a suburban upbringing and that influenced by her Inupiat heritage. This dichotomy reveals itself in an important body of mixed media pieces entitled THE ENCULTURATED WHITE MAN: If Early America Had Embraced the Nobel Savage Rather Than Attempt to Destroy Them; a project just completed in 2015 and some 15 years in the making. Tamara has also found basketry to be a medium in which she can integrate natural materials such as gourds, pine needles, fibers, spruce pitch and beeswax into forms that explore and express her Native heritage and archetypal and personal myths. Learn more about Tamara and her work here.



REGISTRATION NOTE: Registration  is required before end of day Wednesday, January 17.  If the minimum number of registered participants is not met by January 18, registrants will receive a full refund and notification of cancellation on January 18. For questions, please call 505.424.5050

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