2 Blue Lightening

Blue Lightning by Rachel Brown

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Back in the 1960’s my Grandma, Rachel Brown, started her first fiber business here in Arroyo Seco… The Craft House. About 50 years later, I feel we have come full circle. When we decided to move Weaving Southwest from Taos to Arroyo Seco, we weren’t sure what to expect. However, to Joe and I (and my entire family) it felt really good. A year and a half has passed and we couldn’t be happier! Weaving Southwest has found its home in the little Quonset hut, directly across the street from where my Grandma started The Craft House about half a century ago…

Source: The Taos News
Date: Tuesday, January 11, 1968

Craft House Offers Choice Work by Many NM Craftsmen
Author Unknown

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The rich color and texture in bags of hand-spun and hand-dyed wool, by weaver Kristina Wilson, left, intrigue Betsy Cogburn as she views the many items by 80 New Mexico craftsmen at Craft House, Arroyo Seco. With other directors and exhibitors Mrs. Wilson takes turn as shop attendant while continuing with her weaving.

 

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Rachel Brown displays the luxurious, and at the same time decidedly practical, blankets and throws she has woven of hand-spun mohair in delightful colors. Mrs. Brown, who also helps with shop-keeping, is among directors. She is finding Craft House of much interest to skiers stopping in as they travel the road to Taos Ski Valley.

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Betsy Cogburn’s fresh-baked horno bread is another treat. Here Betsy holds a loaf from the big basket on the counter, as Mrs. Oli (Joan) Sihvonen, well known for her woven wall hangings, looks on.

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Stacked High within an interesting circular structure of native aspen poles are Kristina Wilson’s pillows, all of hand-spun, hand-dyed wool in lovely colors. Miss Alice Farrell, left, Taos Art Association executive secretary, favors the sunny orange tones of one held by Mrs. Wilson.

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Alyce Frank, exhibitor and director, stands beside a pale beige hand-spun caracul coverlet by Mari Grassi of Albuquerque. In the background are colorful handwoven ponchos by Jacqueline Bachels and bright-hued shirts by Evelyn Berdel of Valdez. Represented with items are craftsmen of the Taos area, Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Las Vegas, but other New Mexico craftsmen interested in a permanent outlet may contact Craft House.

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Admiring an unusual pottery jar by Neal Townsend of Albuquerque, president of New Mexico Designer Craftsmen, is Grace Parr, whose handicrafts are available. The handcarved chair in Spanish-colonial tradition is by George Sandoval while the cradle board above is by Steve Hinton of Ranchos de Taos.

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Ceramics, woodcarvings and other widely appealing objects will the shelves, beside which Rachel Brown stands.

PS Did you ever visit The Craft House? We would love to hear your story! Special bonus points if you happen to have photos of that era!

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When I came back to Taos in 2008, I was looking for work to fund my travels. My Grandma, Rachel Brown, hired me on to weave a rug for her at Weaving Southwest. It was the first time I had spent time at the shop (and woven a large piece) since my second year in college, six years prior.

When coming up with the design, my Grandma pulled out a section of the Taos News called The Tempo. There was an ad inside for Buffalo Thunder Resort that had an interesting black and white boarder. She said she had noticed it when it was sitting on her coffee table, half covered by the rest of the newspaper. We drew inspiration from that for our sections of tapestry.

When choosing the colors for the rug, my Grandma suggested using all the yellows in one portion of our sample card. (She knew I loved working with bright colors!) Below is what came of our collaboration… Thunder!

Thunder, handwoven rug, designed by Rachel Brown and woven by Teresa Loveless

Thunder, handwoven rug, designed by Rachel Brown and woven by Teresa Loveless

Ciao,
Teresa and all of us here at Weaving Southwest

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Here is another beautiful tapestry, designed and woven by my Grandmother, Rachel Brown. Enjoy!

“This was another tapestry that was a derivative of the Hidden Symmetry tapestries and their forms. The curved forms that I came up with reminded me of Northwest coast Indian designs, which I realized are forms that are similar to natural scenes in the environment. There are some smooth rounded curves, which is the way the snow forms in the arctic.” -Rachel Brown

West by Northwest, Original Tapestry by Rachel Brown, hand-dyed wool 1996, 61" x 44"

West by Northwest, Original Tapestry by Rachel Brown, hand-dyed wool 1996, 61″ x 44″

Ciao,
Teresa and all of us here at Weaving Southwest

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The Chief is one of our custom designs. We usually weave this piece using traditional colors… reds, blacks and whites. The simple design makes for a stunning center piece!

The Chief, custom design by Weaving Southwest

The Chief, custom design by Weaving Southwest

Ciao,
Teresa and all of us here at Weaving Southwest

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