Saturday, May 10, 2008

Piedra Lumbre

I grew up in New Mexico, and have spent many happy years since leaving for college living there and visiting. I now live just north of the Colorado border near Blanca, CO, but the red rocks and the blue skies of New Mexico call me back over and over. Last week I made a trip to Ghost Ranch--a place of many happy childhood memories. Now I go there to hang weaving, mostly through Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center. The Piedra Lumbre (the name for the area around Ghost Ranch which means valley of shining stone) is most certainly one of the most stunning places I have ever had the privelege of spending time. It is really indescribable--the blue sky, multiple colors of red and yellow rocks, the blue reservoir, the sagebrush, Georga O'Keefe's famous Pedernal mountain... and then there is Ghost Ranch, that oasis of green alfalfa and friendly people. Anyway, I went to Ghost Ranch's Piedra Lumbre center to hang a new set of weavings there. One of them was my newest piece, This Time I Dance II. The new piece was a further exploration of ideas from This Time I Dance (see prior post) and used the same colorways.

In my experience, when hanging weaving shows in New Mexico, the weavings all get laid on the floor as they are chosen to put on the walls. This is always difficult for me. After all, I spent many hours making that piece of art which is now in danger of being stepped on and is undoubtedly picking up fuzz and dirt from the old carpet it is lying on. But my friend Conni ( convinced me to take a deep breath and let it go, and indeed, the show was hung without incident. If you visit the show (it hangs from now until July 6th), you'll notice the wide variety of art hanging there. They are not pieces I would probably group together, but it is an interesting representation of work being done in northern New Mexico fiber arts. So if you're going through northern NM any time soon, stop and visit. Ghost Ranch is always worth the time, and the weaving shows there are always something to see.


  1. Do you spin your yarn? I love New Mexico and wish that I could someday return to the Land of Enchantment, but for now I remain an Idaho resident. I am a spinner, and occassional beginner weaver. I love the colors you are holding in your website photo. Brillant, vivid and very reminiscent of New Mexico. Bravo.

  2. Hi Rebecca!

    I came across your blog after doing a search for Piedra Lumbre... I'm also a tapestry artist, I live in Tucson. Just returned from a trip to Taos where we stayed at the Mable Dodge Luhan House & spent much time driving around & through the amazing countryside of northern NM. We'd like to move there in the future.

    Your descriptions of your love of the landscape & skies & the way you respresent this in your tapestries really resonates with me... I feel the same way about all the places in the southwest I've been fortunate enough to spend time in. My love of the desert also inspires my tapestry designs.

    I am so glad to have found your blog & will visit often-- I've added a link to your blog under my "tapestry blogs" section. I started my blog as an "inspiration journal" for myself & I really enjoy writing it & the connections it allows me to have with other serious tapestry weavers.

    Happy Weaving!


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