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

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

Notes on this piece…

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.” – Rachel Brown

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 more neutrals into my color palette. (Thank you, Gram!)

Enjoy!

Ciao,
Teresa

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