“I had just installed a new program for my computer and I decided I would design something on it to weave. Well, I got about an inch worth of weaving done and realized that it didn’t work for me at all so I just wove whatever I felt like weaving.
As I was weaving it, it reminded me of a valley in Peru outside of Cusco where I was sitting, taking in the beauty of the valley. The transition from the yellows and gold’s, to dark grey and blues. While I was sitting there, there was a little boy on the other side of the valley singing at the top of his lungs while he was herding lamas. The little black and white squares represent his voice.” -Rachel Brown
This is another tapestry woven with our hand-dyed Rio Grande 2-ply Tapestry Yarn. Enjoy!
Andean Gold, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown
“This is a Manta with a black and white checkered background and brilliant colored diagonals in the middle. When I was in Guatemala, there was a town called Solola where the men actually spin their yarn and weave their loincloths. The brilliant colors in the center signify the Guatemalan love of colors.” -Rachel Brown
Solola, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown
Here are two beautiful tapestries from Rachel’s Interweave Series. Both are woven of natural handspun Churro wool. Notice the fine strip of black (in Interweave White) and white (in Interweave Black) separating the the sections of the design. Enjoy!
Interweave White, Original Tapestry by Rachel Brown, all natural handspun Churro wool,
72″ x 20″, 1984
Interweave Black, Original Tapestry by Rachel Brown, all natural handspun churro wool, 72″ x 20″, 1984
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
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
“This was a large weaving which I did on my 60-inch loom. It was done at the time of the Civil War in Rwanda. It represents the thousands of people that were killed during that war and their souls going to heaven.” – Rachel Brown
Crossing Over, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown. 58″x58″, 1994
I just love this piece! I haven’t been able to find the name of it… but I am sure it will turn up eventually. I will make sure to update this when it does.
Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown, Circa June 1985
These are some of the images from the slides I had scanned recently. A couple of the slides have the date of June 1985 on them. So, I believe my Grandma, Rachel, wove this piece in the spring/summer of ’85.
Tapestry on the Loom in 1985, Woven by Rachel Brown
Above, you can see that she wove this piece on a tapestry loom, using a building technique to create the design. With this technique, she was literally building up (weaving) one shape in the design at a time. This can be an easy way to approach weaving curves.
The Technique of Building Tapestry, Woven by Rachel Brown
You can see Rachel’s love for light and natural colors in this tapestry.
Detail of Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown, 1985
This last picture, also from the recently scanned slides, is one of many taken in this space. I think this may have been an artist coop here in Taos back in the 80’s. I will be posting more images of this place and will include the name when I figure it out.
June 1985, Handwoven tapestry by Rachel Brown hanging in a gallery.
I hope you find this tapestry as inspiring as I do! Enjoy!
Happy Sunday! Today I am going to share with you part of my Grandma Rachel’s Manta Series.
Blue Lightening, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown, Hand-dyed Wool, 39″x40″, 2000
She designed this series to be stunning, yet affordable. You weavers (and probably everyone else) will be able to tell that 2/3’s of each of these weavings has little to no tapestry. The plain weave on either side of the complex center makes these tapestries a lot less work than a weaving that has tapestry throughout. Therefore, the price was very reasonable for a work of art this size. Most pieces in Rachel’s Manta Series are 40”x40”.
Tango in Red, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown, Hand-dyed Wool, 40″x40″, 2001
With these three tapestries, you can see the stunning effect of the use of only two colors – a saturated base with a “white” accent. However, I don’t believe the “white” is actually white in any of these three tapestries.
Amazing Marigold, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown, Hand-dyed Wool, 40″x40″, 2001
My Grandma developed a series of dye recipes for our Tapestry Yarn that allows us to get five shades of one color. So, for example, Amazing Marigold was probably woven with our Marigold A and Marigold E Tapestry Yarn. A true white against any one of these colors would probably be almost too much contrast. The tiny bit of dye used in the E’s of each series of our Tapestry Yarns, allows for a “white” color that works well with the other members of that series. Look closely at Tango in Red and Amazing Marigold and you will be able to tell that there is a little bit of color in the “white”.
These are just three of many tapestries in Rachel’s Manta Series. There will be more to come! Enjoy!