Rachel Brown, 1978

As some of you may know, my Grandma, Rachel Brown, founder of Weaving Southwest, passed away recently. Though she will be greatly missed, the whole family is at peace with her passing.

Thank you all who have sent your condolences. Your cards and the stories you have shared have been greatly appreciated.

If you would like to send a note it can be addressed to Lorelei Loveless, PO Box 2897, Taos NM, 87571. If you would like to share a story or photos here, please email Teresa Loveless at traelove@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, please contact Teresa at 575-758-0433 regarding a memorial fund.

We will be announcing the date of Rachel’s memorial shortly. Below is Rachel’s obituary, published in The Taos News last week.

Rachel Brown passed away peacefully on January 31, at the age of
85.  There was a small, family burial at the north end of Las Cruces
Cemetery in Canyon.  A memorial open to all those who cared for
Rachael will be held in May, on a date to be announced.
    Rachel is survived by her daughter, Lorelei (married to Keith
Loveless); her two sons, Seth and Kinlock Brown (married to Weiping);
four grandchildren, Teresa and Tyler Loveless and Meili and Kaili
Brown; and a blossoming great grandchild soon to be welcomed into this
world by Teresa and Joe Barry.  All live in Taos and Arroyo Seco, as
did Rachel since 1956.
   Rachel was known for her kindness and generosity and for her
tremendously productive life.  She was a seminal figure in the world
of weaving both in New Mexico and nationally.
   She was trained at Radcliffe College, the Harvard Graduate School
of Design, the Art Student’s League and at Cooper Union in New York.
   Over the years, Rachel taught weaving workshops all over the
United States.  She helped found the Craft House in Arroyo Seco in the
1960’s, taught weaving at Tierra Wools in Los Ojos, NM and at Ramah
Navajo Weavers Assoc. in Pine Hill, NM in the 70’s and 80’s and became
Head Teacher in textiles/weaving at the Taos Institute of Art.   In
later years in Taos she founded Weaving Southwest and Rio Grande
Weaver’s Supply.
   One of Rachel’s most notable achievements was her writing and
illustrating of The Weaving, Spinning and Dyeing Book (published by
Alfred Knopf, NYC, now in its 11th printing) that has become a kind of
bible among weavers.
   In 1993, Rachel was honored to receive a Lifetime Achievement
Award from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Washington, D.C.
   Perhaps Rachel’s greatest gift to the world – in addition to her
family – has been the great number of exceptionally beautiful
tapestries she wove, now owned by collectors all over the country.  In
the opinion of this writer, she was a genuinely great artist and very
fine person.  Her contributions to the world will live on.
– Bruce Brown

Rachel and Her Family: Seth, Tyler, Keith, Rachel, Kinlock, Teresa, Lorelei, Meili, Kaili and Weiping

4 comments on “Rachel Brown, 1926-2012

  • I am so amazed at the life of Rachel Brown. I first met her in the 1970s in Tao as I was passing through. I now live in Capitan, NM and have visited Southwest Weaving often. Rachel was always so friendly and helpful!
    I know your family grieves. Thank you for sharing her for so many years with the weavers of the world! I will miss her!
    Judy Pekelsma

  • I was in Arroyo Seco last Sunday and had just walked up El Salto road in the lovely morning snow. I stopped to talk with a shopkeeper as I was heading back through town on my way back to Albuquerque.

    I asked is she knew Rachel as I was always hoping to run into her one day when I was in Taos. She told me of her passing. In fact, she had just read the article in the Taos Press. She went back into the store and brought it out to me to have.

    I was able to sit in the snow and cry, in Seco, and remember what a wonderful woman and friend she had been. It was very moving to have found out of her passing while being in Seco, in the snow, surrounded by the white silence.

    Much love and peace to all of Rachel’s family and friends,

    Patricia Sikelianos (Schiller)

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