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Weaver of the Month - Helen Bia - June 2018

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Weaver of the Month - Helen Bia - June 2018

Helen Bia started weaving when she was 15 years old, taught by her mother Mary Yazzie Bia and her older sister Lucy B Begay. 

Steve and Helen have worked together for over 40 years now.  When he started the Navajo Churro Collection Helen was one of the very first weavers he turned to.  Her first churro weaving was completed in 1996.  Since that time she has woven over 20 rugs for the Churro Collection - and counting.  Click here to see Helen's available weavings.

Helen has won many awards at the Gallup All Indian Inter-Tribal Ceremonial. Her weavings have been in exhibitions at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg Arizona,  highlighted in the 1974 Arizona Highways Magazine and featured on page 6 and 33 of “The Fine Art of Navajo Weaving”, circa 1984 written by Steve Getzwiller and Ray Manley.

Thank you Helen!  Here's to many more years!

Here is Helen's bio:
Master Weaver: Helen Bia 
Born: December 5, 1945 
CLAN : Tangle Clan :Ta’neeszhni (Mother). Coyote Pass :Ma’iideeshgiizhnii (Father)

Helen writes, "Weaving is very important to me as it keeps me stable, brings me knowledge, wisdom and strength. Though weaving is a lot of work, and I mean a lot of work – I think of my weaving as my baby, so also love. I also enjoy the challenge of making new designs, it keeps me strong. My mother has been a major influence in my life and rug weaving.”


Enjoy a trip through time with Master Weaver Helen Bia, 1985 through today!

Helen Bia 1985 Navajo weaver Two Grey HIll
1985 - with her Two Grey Hills on the loom

 

Helen Bia Master weaver teec nos pos nizhoni ranch gallery
1996 - Helen with her Teec Nos Pos/ Burntwater, Churro # 26, 4' x 6'

 

Helen Bia Master WEaver Nizhoni Ranch Gallery
1997 - Helen with her Teec Nos Pos/Pictorial, Churro # 88, 4' x 7'

Helen Bia master weaver nizhoni ranch gallery churro collection
 1998 - Helen with her Teec Nos Pos, Churro # 160, 30" x 47"

Helen Bia master navajo weaver nizhoni ranch gallery
1998 - Helen with her Ganado, Churro # 198, 41" x 61"

helen bia navajo weaver nizhoni ranch gallery
1999 - Helen with her Burnham Style,  Churro # 270, 30" x 42"


helen bia navajo weaver nizhoni ranch gallery
2000 - Helen with her Teec Nos Pos,  Churro # 225, 5' x 8'

helen bia nizhoni ranch gallery
2001 Helen with her Teec Nos Pos, Churro # 374, 41.5" x 61"

Helen Bia 2002 Two Grey Hill Nizhoni Ranch Getzwiller
2002 - Helen with her Two Grey Hill,  Churro # 480,  43" x 63"

Helen Bia - Two Grey Hills Nizhoni Ranch Gallery Getzwiller
2011 - Helen and Steve with her Two Grey Hill, Churro # 1189, 3' x 5'

 Helen Bia Spider Rock Two Grey Hills Nizhoni Ranch Gallery
2012 - Helen with her Two Grey Hill,  Churro # 1261, 38.5" x 60"

Helen Bia Two Grey Hill Nizhoni Ranch Gallery Getzwiller
2013 - Helen with her Two Grey Hill, Churro # 1320, 38" x 60", at Spider Rock


Helen Bia Ganado Nizhoni Ranch Gallery
2016  - Helen with her Ganada,  Churro # 1477, 40" x 62"

 Helen bia klagetoh tree turkey ruins nizonhi ranch gallery getzwiller

 2016 - Helen with her Klagetoh/Three Turkey Ruin, Churro # 1512, 48" x 74"

Helen bial two grey hill nizhoni rnach gallery navajo weavings getzwiller
Helen - 2017 with her Two Grey Hill, Churro # 1527,  40" x 61"

 Helen Bia two grey hill navajo rug nizhoni ranch gallery getzwiller
2017 - Helen with her Two Grey Hill, Churro # 1544, 2'5" x 3'3"

helen bia two grey hill navajo rug on the loom
2018 - Helen's current Two Grey Hill rug under construction!  Size will be about 4' x 6'.  

Keep on weaving Helen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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