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Cari Ann Sample-Malver
Loom Dancer Designs
PO Box 22000 PMB 128
Telluride, CO 81435
Textile Odysseys to the Most Creative Corners of the World!
When I am not weaving, I am busy discovering and exploring many unique corners of the world. In my "real life," I own and operate an adventure travel company, NatureQuest. We offer a variety of uncommon journeys for the active traveler throughout the world that focus on the culture, wildlife and indigineous peoples of this planet.
I decided to use this expertise to offer unique travel experiences around the world to adventurous weavers. Each journey offered by Loom Dancer Weaving Odysseys immerses the fiber enthusiast in the culture of the destinatinon as well as offer a hands-on opportunity to participate in various workshops of that country's textile tradition.
My work is currently on display and for sale at Tierra Wools in the village of Los Osos located in the scenic Chama Valley of Northern New Mexico.
About the Artist
Cari Ann Sample-Malver was born in New Jersey but moved to California when she was 5 years old. She grew up in Saratoga, California located 50 miles south of San Francisco. She graduated from California State University Chico with a BA and moved to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. In Snowmass and Aspen, Cari worked in the ski industry for six years until returning to California - this time to Laguna Beach. From there, she eventually returned to the Rockies and now resides in Telluride, Colorado with her husband, Greg and two dogs, Jake and Chama.
Based on her passion for travel and a desire to help in fostering a love and respect for the many peoples and environments of the world, Cari founded the adventure travel company, NatureQuest in 1992. For the past 17 years, she and her company have offered a variety of uncommon journeys around the world designed for active travelers.
Cari always had the desire to learn to weave and discovered Tierra Wools one day on her way to Santa Fe. She immediately fell in love with the concept of a women-owned cooperative that was dedicated to preserving the rich weaving traditions of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. She immediately signed up for a class and fell in love with the craft.
Cari is often asked how she came up with the name for her weaving business. From the first time she threw the shuttle, she was enthralled with the weaving process. She remarked to her classmates that it was like "dancing on the loom." When she began weaving in earnest, she felt this was the only name that captures the joy she experiences as she pursues her passion.
Cari finds the inspiration for her weaving in the mystical and magical surroundings of the Southwest. Whether it is the majestic mountains or the vivid colors of the desert landscapes; the limitless shapes of the weathered rocks or dreamy twilight skies, it all feeds her soul as well as the designs in her weavings.
Cari is interested in promoting weaving and is involved in many fiber arts related organizations. She was the Co-Vice President of the San Juan Weaving Guild of Montrose, CO and a member of the Intermountain Weavers Conference, Handweavers Guild of America, and the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center.
In her free time, Cari enjoys riding her horse, skiing, hiking and of course, traveling anywhere and everywhere.
Cari is often off busy discovering and exploring many unique corners of the world. In her "real life," she owns and operates an adventure travel company, NatureQuest. They offer a variety of uncommon journeys for the active traveler throughout the world that focus on the culture, wildlife and indigineous peoples of this planet.
Cari decided to use this expertise to offer unique travel experiences around the world to adventurous weavers. Each journey offered by Loom Dancer Weaving Odysseys immerses the weaver in the culture of the destinatinon as well as offer a hands-on opportunity to actually weave in that country's tradition.