star star: Andrea Zittel

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A-Z West Works pop-up at the Hammer Museum Shop is almost done! #azwestworkspopup #hammermuseumshop

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Yesterday we started the install of a six month “West Works” pop-up at the Hammer Museum Shop!

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Update from the weaving studio

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Studio

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Predictable

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Prototype for Billboard at A-Z West- 'These Things I Know for Sure' #4, 2005⠀ ⠀ "All materials ultimately show signs of wear. It is therefore important to create designs that will...

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A-Z West weaving studio eavesdropping - a.k.a. what’s going on here this week...

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Have been on a rampage lately getting rid of all my unnecessary “stuff” - And yes, I know my work is all about that, but even so it still all creeps in, especially when a timespan...

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Working hard this week on a new furniture edition for #westworks at the #hammerbookstorepopup - opens on April 3rd! (Metalwork by @hossly and wood by @hossly and @gurle_lavalley)

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Stayed up extra late and with the help of @_katemonster_ got this whole thing pulled through... now time time to get some sleep!

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23 yard warp going on this loom today - warped most of it with the spool rack but did one striped section with an AVL warping wheel because it’s more convenient for setting up stripes....

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Just finished a great day of studio visits at Carnegie Mellon School of Art. After walking by this several times I finally had to ask what it was... it’s a painted fence which it...

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@otherwild in Los Angeles is selling A-Z West Containers !

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Louise Nevelson

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I’m giving a talk at Carnagie Mellon tomorrow!

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Got to check out the @rudigernreich archive in NY this week - so much amazing pattern inspiration!

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Such a brilliant essay (thank you Dakota for recommending!)

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...one more reason why bowls are the best.

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I'm traveling and not in the studio this week - but love this photo from the fabric painting workshop that @elenadaojingyu set up with @crazy4aday !

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Eighteen years ago!

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Really stoked to see these new photos of the Experimental Living Cabins that were taken by @lyonsarah . Previously the only photos we had to work with were ones I took during summer...

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Pulled the first full size A-Z West Cover sample off the loom today and discovered a really annoying problem... because the black thread is ever-so-slightly thinner than the grey thread...

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Finally finished buying stones for HDTS gem/mineral... Now comes the fun part of sorting and getting them ready for the sale. I managed to source a bunch of my favorites this year...

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Tying on for a new full size sample - after weaving supplemental weft patterns for the last six months this tabby feels like a breeze - especially with the fly shuttle. . #azwestworks

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Last trip to Quartzsite for the 2018 gem/mineral season - finally bought this piece of Galena for myself.

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Warp and Weft Study, 2014

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Latest glaze test

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So in love with this new A-Z West Studio Weaving by @elenadaojingyu

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Technically speaking, the two identical Experimental Living Cabins were completed in summer of 2016 - But even after they were up and running there was still an ever-growing list of...

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We finally got to visit the ghost town Swansea - to get there you follow a dirt road just east of Parker for about an hour (driving at a fairly good clip) Swansea was the headquarters...

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Parker Arizona’s gas stations (the double Terrible’s and Running Man) are better than conceptual art. I didn’t take photos, but it’s worth the trip to check them out. The Crossroads...

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Two weeks ago we had to cancel a much anticipated road trip to New Mexico when I was sick with the flu. Since then, we've been making up for missing out on the big trip with a series...

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A brief vacation in Blythe.

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Second run to Quartzite this month -stocking up for our annual HDTS gem/mineral sale. Stay tuned for info! #hammermuseumbookstore #april

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New glaze test- Amping container production for a Pop-up at the Hammer Museum Bookstore this spring, more details soon!

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Morning dog hike - it’s finally rained enough for the wash to do its thing. Some of the boulders back here have been sculpted by water - trying to imagine a different ecology with...

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Winter

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Pattern inspiration.

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I must have woven at least a dozen different lengths of fabric for the perfect summer top and none has made the cut. Hopefully this is the one. #20/2cotton #36epi #monksbelt #AVL

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Pretty happy with these glaze tests - Getting ready to produce a bunch of new containers in 2018. We’ve been making and selling “A-Z West Works” out of the studio for the last...

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Got the double fly shuttle working today - getting deeper into the early stages of this monksbelt pattern. (Also learning that double flyshuttle + dobby requires FOCUS... and cordination...

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There are still a few spots left on the tours of A-Z West this weekend! Tours are from 11am-1pm and 2-4pm and benefit @highdeserttestsites operating costs. Visit www.highdeserttestsites.com/news/visit-z-west...

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Found this guy while winterizing outdoor plumbing today - hard to take winterizing seriously when it’s still in the 70s in December, but I’m sure that as soon as we decide the cold...

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Just found this from spring of 2014 with @mettdodge and @danjohnanderson and his dad Sam who masterminded the operation - (And now you know how that concrete patio slab got there.)...

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Getting ready to pull through my first 20/2 warp... !

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Plane in Landscape, 2014

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Another image from the @highdeserttestsites Ephemeral Archive (open this weekend at CMMCC) - @joelkyack, @mettdodge and myself raising the David Shrigley flag on the Wrong Gallery Flagpole...

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Finally pulled this thing off the loom today - hallelujah!

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Making a little headway on this one today...

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Spending time with the HDTS archive today - this interview between @auerbachtoberfest (oh behalf of HDTS) and Aleksandra Mir is pure gold... The archive is open for two more weekends...

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Lycien-David Csery took this photo when he was visiting last January - I keep looking at it to remind myself that winter happens.

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Just finished this 8' tall commissioned Planar Panel - Getting to this moment was an epic journey, but the resulting piece is probably one of my all time favorites! weaving by @mjennifermorris...

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@crazy4aday , my desert fashion icon, stopped by the studio to talk about a workshop she'll be hosting for @highdeserttestsites - catch the next one on Nov. 11th.

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@carolynpennypackerriggs performance at @ryrocklen @trophymodern house - ✨#highdeserttestsites

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Hole Foods Pit Stop by @bobdornberger and @thesarahwitt at @highdeserttestsites yesterday.

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Ephemeral Archive: traces of 15 years of High Desert Test Sites projects - part of HDTS 2017 - continues today: Join us for breakfast by @bobdornberger and @thesarahwitt at @cmmcommunity...

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@bobdornberger in the kitchen at last night's High Desert Test Kitchen - the ingredient was (desert) buckwheat - one of my favorites! (Catch @bobdornberger and @thesarahwit at the Hole...

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It's been so nice finally getting to spend time in the Experimental Living Cabins (they get closed up all summer because of the extreme heat and the fact that they have no power which...

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Back in the studio today working like mad on HDTS 2017 - the next big event is less than two weeks away! Follow @highdeserttestsites for the latest info.

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Repost from last week when I got to have a conversation with students from the Rocky Mountain School of Art and Design @vasdprogram about "Life Practice" on my public works at the GSA...

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Parallel Planar Configurations and Personal Panels at the Site Santa Fe opening last night

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"Dopamine Regression" - an insanely intricate weaving that deconstructs traditional Germantown weaving designs and has motifs relating to the artist's response to her father's Parkinson's...

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A little hard to photograph through plexi, but saw some really wonderful weavings at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts today. This beauty by Marlowe Katoney.

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Beautiful solitary drive from Denver to Santa Fe yesterday...

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Hey all you desert dwellers (I know there are a lot of you out there)! Our eleventh biennial HDTS event is happening over the weekend of October 21-22 and we are in need of additional...

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One day at home one I'm off again... giving a talk in Denver tonight for @vasdprogram

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Flight delays giving me time to dip into this. For anyone interested in issues surrounding gentrification, the chapter "the Real Estate Show" is a great read.

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Just spent the weekend celebrating this one's ❤️ 40th ... Now back to ⌚️⚒

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Lava tube made when molten lava poured around a tree 1,900 years ago. At the base of the hole is a tunnel just big enough to crawl through that was made when lava poured around two...

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Another repost: @passive.aggressive.karaoke is breaking my heart...

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Repost of an image by @christy_matson of @franny_capone and @passive.aggressive.karaoke getting it done in the weaving studio at A-Z West. Thank you for a really inspirational week!...

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Some of my favorite weavers are here in the studio this week - @passive.aggressive.karaoke just dyed and wove this ikat double-weave project in the last day and a half

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"What makes is feel liberated is not total freedom, but rather living in a set of limitations which we have created and prescribed for ourselves."⠀ ⠀ Prototype for Billboard at...

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Trying to figure out my life today.

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Lost in fiction today...

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Now that he summer heat is finally starting to break the Experimental Living Cabins will be back on line by the end of the month - for info on how to visit email Elena at azwest@zittel.org...

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Pretty excited about the summer heatwave finally breaking.

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Yesterday evening - after the storm (thanks @mjennifermorris for spotting the rainbow!)

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Gouache and watercolor studies of "planes" in landscape - a 2014 precursor to the Planar Configurations realized here at A-Z West this year. Love how the color black flips between...

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...meanwhile @elenadaojingyu and Kiko have been holding down the homefront (original post and by @elenadaojingyu)

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Installing at SITE Santa Fe today

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The next HDTS Kip's Desert Book Club book is my pick: Mark Sundeen's book "The Man Who Quit Money" is a true story about Daniel Suelo who deposited his worldly wealth (30 dollars) in...

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@__tpk_ is doing glaze tests this week! #azwestworks

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"The horizontal plane becomes a support structure upon which life takes place." (From "Dynamic Essay About the Panel" 2014)

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Anyone else reading these? Sapiens was one of my favorite books last year and now I'm unpacking Homo Deus - So much in both about our (human) ability to create fiction and how this...

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Tamarisk tree got a radical trim yesterday - feels like waiting for an awkward haircut to grow out. (Branches kept breaking whenever there was a windstorm)

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Another great weaving by @elenadaojingyu that will be available at the Whitney Museum Shop - A-Z West Studio Weavings are made by the community of artists who utilize our A-Z West...

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Radiating Arenas of Enhancement (2006)⠀ When maintaining my world becomes an overwhelming endeavor, I try to practice "Radiating Arenas of Enhancement." This system prioritizes the...

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Really enjoying watching these settle into the landscape. ( by @lyonsarah )