Rachel's story is an amazing one and I only know bits and pieces of it. You can read some of it online. And recently I picked up Three Weavers by Joan Potter Loveless again. It is the story of three friends, Joan Loveless, Kristina Wilson, and Rachel Brown who transformed the face of tapestry weaving in northern New Mexico in the last half of the 20th century. The story is a good one and I encourage anyone interested in art in New Mexico or weaving in general to read it.
Crossing Over, 58 x 58 inches
|Rachel Brown, Mirage|
|Rachel Brown, Seven Samurai|
Rachel's book, The Weaving, Spinning, and Dyeing Book, first published in 1978 is still available today. It is an outstanding reference.
Rachel's gallery, Weaving Southwest, closed its brick and mortar gallery space the same week Rachel passed away. Two great traditions left us on virtually the same day.
Here are a few links about Rachel and Weaving Southwest:
Weaving Southwest's gallery website: http://www.weavingsouthwest.com/
A story about Teresa Loveless and her grandmother Rachel Brown: http://taos.org/women/profiles-artists?/item/52/Teresa-Loveless-Weaver-Gallery-Owner
|Rachel's retrospective show in her old gallery space, Oct. 3, 2009|
|James Koehler and Rachel Brown at her retrospective show in Taos, 2009|