This post is a few days late because we had a Tapestry Class last week that ended up being extended on through the weekend and and on into this week (more on this to come)! One of our students was going through the prints we have of Rachel’s work and came across Neptune. The beauty of this piece became a topic of conversation during the class. Thought it would be a good one to share. Enjoy!
Neptune, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown, Hand-dyed Wool, 46″x36.5″, 1998
“I created this design by making some simple forms such as ellipses and stripes. I put the designs in those forms in black and white. This weaving reminded me of a story that I read, called “The White Lady.” It was about a white bat a man befriended, that came flying into his house every evening to visit him.” -Rachel Brown
White Lady, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown, Hand-dyed Wool, 43.5″x47″, 1994
This tapestry is in a private collection here in Taos, NM. During the Taos Fall Arts Festival 2012 Rachel was honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award for the Fiber Arts. White Lady was one of the tapestries featured during this time.
Rachel’s Tapestries being hung at the Taos Fall Arts Festival 2012
“For this weaving, I started out with a geometric form design and planned to do the whole weaving in a symmetrical way were the top half was the same as the bottom half. But I got a little past one-third of the weaving and realized it was going to be too busy, so I decided to interrupt the design with horizontals. This was the first of my weaving’s were I interrupted the design with horizontals.” -Rachel Brown
Interrupted Symmetry, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown, Hand-dyed Wool, 76.5″x41″, 1991
Detail of Interrupted Symmetry, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown
I had a beautiful morning at the Dye Studio today! The snow was melting, the birds were chirping and each color seemed to brighten up the February landscape just a little bit more…
Dripping wet Ivory Rug Yarn
Persian Lilac B, 2-ply Tapestry, Yarn fresh out of the dyepots
A beautifully rich dyelot of Caramel C, 2-ply Tapestry Yarn
Pinon C, 2-ply Tapestry Yarn, ready to be rinsed
2-ply Tapestry Yarn (Persian Lilac B, Caramel D & E) drying in the New Mexico sun
Pinon D & E, 2-ply Tapestry Yarn drying in the sun
This is one of the slides I have come across. So far, this is the only one of this tapestry. The slide has no date or information on it. But, I am going to guess that it was done sometime around “Crossing Over”, in the early ‘90’s.
Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown