2022 Brandford/Elliott Award for Excellence in Fiber Art Recipient
The Textile Society of America is pleased to announce that Tyrrell Tapaha is the recipient of the 2022 Brandford/Elliott Award for Excellence in Fiber Arts.
Tyrrell Tapaha is a Diné weaver and fiber artist that encompasses the intergenerational pastoral living handed down through Tapaha’s grandfather, great-grandmother, and other relatives.
Tapaha produces woven textiles and felted objects for both aesthetic and utilitarian uses. These textiles are made with raw natural fibers predominantly grown on the Navajo Nation and hand-dyed with local flora from the Four Corners Region. Tapaha’s weavings are tied to a life lived and intimately interwoven with feelings, memories, and experiences.
Tapaha has worked as an apprentice with Master Weaver Roy Kady. In addition to their fiber and textile work, Tapaha also works as a sheep herder in the Four Corners region of the Navajo Nation. Their weavings were recently featured at the Museum of Contemporary Arts Flagstaff (MOCAF) and in the film “Weaving the Future” by Shaun Price. Tapaha has done archival and curatorial work at the Fowler Museum (Los Angeles), where they also lectured, and at the MET Museum (New York).