Every time Joe walks into our shop, a smile spreads across my face. He is a wealth of fascinating stories. Spending five minutes with him makes me wish I could have walked a day in his shoes during some point of his lifetime. He is an incredible man and approaches weaving from a unique standpoint. Every piece he brings us is hand-dyed or hand-spun and intricately woven. At first glance his designs seem simple, but upon further investigation one will realize the technical lengths he has gone through to create his stunning designs.
I would like to introduce you to one of our incredible artists, Joe Bacon…
I started weaving 10 years ago when I retired from a business career and moved to the northern California coast. I started on a Navajo loom but switched over to a Rio Grande walking loom when I moved to Taos a few years later. My design inspiration has always come from the ancients: the Mayans in Mexico, the Incans in Peru, the Navajo in the American southwest, and the Hispanic Weavers of northern New Mexico. The design elements these gifted artisans created are more than decorative, they have political, cultural and religious meaning and reflect the rich traditions of these noble people. I use wools from the Churro sheep which were introduced to northern New Mexico by the early Spanish settlers. Most of my colors come from using natural dyes obtained mostly from plants native to this area.
PS What inspires your weavings? Do you love natural dyes and hand-spun yarn? Have you had the honer of meeting the wonderful Joe Bacon? We would love to hear your story! Leave a comment…