I received some news on Wednesday, Feb 1st that I would rather not have heard. It was a tough day in the tapestry world of northern New Mexico (or maybe just in my tapestry world). I found out that the only contemporary tapestry gallery in the United States is closing, or at least the gallery part is closing. Weaving Southwest's doors were already shut by the time I found out.
The loss of the only contemporary tapestry gallery in the United States is a big one. Weaving Southwest had its ups and downs over the years. Rachel Brown started it, sold it to someone else, and then got it back when they didn't make a go of it. Teresa Loveless, Rachel's granddaughter, took it over almost 4 years ago. The gallery has now closed and Teresa has rented a smaller space in Taos to continue to sell yarn and hold classes. She intends to re-evaluate her business model and we shall see what happens in the future.
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Hannah Haworth from the bonny isle of Scotland worked at Weaving Southwest for far too short a time. She is a fiber artist and while she was in NM she created these creatures. The patterns are available on Ravelry and from Hannah here. These were the prototypes that lived at Weaving Southwest for awhile. More prairie dog pictures here.
The Small Tapestry International Show was at Weaving Southwest in April of 2011.
The first piece of mine Weaving Southwest sold in 2009.
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Here are some of the old posts I wrote about Weaving Southwest:
The one where Rachel and Teresa tell me they'll take my work is HERE. August 4, 2009.
The next one where they sold my first piece, 9 days later is HERE. August 13, 2009.
The one with the photo of Rachel Brown's retrospective opening is HERE. October 4, 2009
The one about their re-opening in the new space is HERE. March 6, 2010.
Another post with photos of the gallery is HERE. November 7, 2010
Another show with my piece up high is HERE. December 19, 2010.
Some photos of the walls full of tapestries are HERE. February 13, 2011
The opening of Small Tapestry International at Weaving Southwest is HERE. April 3, 2011
Donna Loraine Contractor's solo show at Weaving Southwest is HERE. May 13, 2011
Some words about Weaving Southwest's tapestry yarn is HERE. August 5, 2011
Hannah's prairie dog pattern is HERE. October 3, 2011
The man couch BLOG. October 19, 2011
And some photos of the cleaning out of the gallery are HERE. February 7, 2012