5 Above and Below

Above and Below, Original Tapestry by Rachel Brown, hand-dyed wool, 40″ x 40″, 2002

This is another beautiful tapestry from the Manta series, with solid background and design across the center. Other tapestries from this series include Solola, Blue Lightning, Tango in Red and Amazing Marigold. Enjoy!

Ciao,
Teresa and all of us here at Weaving Southwest

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10 Mirage

Mirage, Original Tapestry by Rachel Brown, hand-dyed, 43″ x 45″, 1998

“My good friend Connie Taylor raises Churro sheep and has, in her collection of livestock, many different natural colors of the sheep. I chose all her different natural color fleeces and put them together in a simple way of squares and diagonals.” –RB

My Grandma, Rachel, had this tapestry on the loom when I went away to college. She was always trying to get me to weave with more neutral colors, as my pallet at the time, consisted mainly of red, oranges, blues and the like. I remember thinking there was no way this neutral piece of hers was going to turn out well.

Many years later, we had a retrospective of her work at Weaving Southwest. Connie Taylor was kind enough to loan us Mirage. This was the first time I had seen this piece complete. We hung all my Grandma’s tapestries on the walls of the gallery for the opening. Each was beautiful in its own way, but Mirage was by far my favorite. Between the subtle color changes and the simplicity of the design, I was finally inspired to incorporate neutrals into my color palette. Thank you, Gram!

I hope this piece inspires you too! Take a look at Serenity with an Edge to see a more colorful tapestry from the series. Enjoy!

Ciao,
Teresa and all of us here at Weaving Southwest

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20 Serenity with an Edge

Serenity with an Edge, Original Tapestry by Rachel Brown, hand-dyed wool, 44″ x 44″, 1999

“This is probably my favorite type of design, where I used very simple geometric forms and accented them with a few diagonals.” –RB

Keep an eye out for next week’s post, Mirage, another one of the tapestries in this series. Enjoy!

Ciao,
Teresa and all of us here at Weaving Southwest

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This session of Neptune, A Study in Building was a great example of how different people use similar techniques and adapt them to their personal style. Vicki went in the realm of curves and playing with color, while Nancy decided to use this technique to create a landscape and Celia took a more contemporary abstract direction. Enjoy!

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Vicki’s Tapestry, Day 1

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Nancy’s Tapestry, Day 1

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Celia’s Tapestry, Day 1

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Celia Weaving

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Vicki’s Tapestry, Day 2

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Nancy’s Tapestry, Day 2

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Celia’s Tapestry, Day 2

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Nancy’s Tapestry, Day 3

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Vicki’s Tapestry, Ready to be cut off the loom

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Nancy’s Tapestry, Fresh off the loom

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Vicki, Nancy and Celia with their beautiful tapestries

Ciao,
Teresa Loveless and all of us here at Weaving Southwest

PS – Thanks for joining us Vicki, Nancy and Celia! It was wonderful having you all in class!

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18 Study in Neutrals

Study in Neutrals, Original Tapestry by Rachel Brown, hand-dyed wool, 74.4″ x 31″, 1997

My grandma, Rachel, loved to work in neutrals, using the subtle beauty of the natural wool to create her designs. This tapestry is a perfect example of her use of greys, blacks, whites and beiges, with a splash or two of color to pull it all together. Enjoy!

Ciao,
Teresa and all of us here at Weaving Southwest

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