a perfect backdrop

April 18, 2022  •  7 Comments

Our recent trip to El Malpais National Monument near Grants, New Mexico, served many purposes, including a product shoot featuring two of Fred's rugs.  After walking around the nature-carved pillars and rubble for a bit, he found a protected area that not only kept the wind from shredding us but provided a perfect backdrop for his work.  It was part of the Sandstone Bluffs area off of Highway 117.


Rug 347 has a bit of a flying carpet look laying on the slab of sandstone, and in the second image beneath the massive, contorted and beautiful wall.

Since it is woven in the style of a Navajo Chief's Blanket, it seemed appropriate to demonstrate how it might be worn.

To me, Rug 344 is quite western, if there is such a thing, with geometric elements representing mesas and the reflected sky. It was not until we rolled it onto the sandstone that I realized one of the colors very nearly matched the rock.


Below is Fred's woven panel stitched to a jean's jacket.

Rug 344, 347, and the jacket panel are woven of 100% Navajo-Churro wool, both warp and weft.  Thanks to Connie Taylor for bringing awareness to and helping Navajo-Churro sheep thrive, and for dying the wool that Fred has used to weave since his first piece, made in 2003.  Thanks to Fred for his patience with this photographer, and to Barbara F. R., Lisa, Jean & Sam, Ingrid, Connie, Claudia, Louise & Jim, Marilyn, and Steve for commenting last week.  

until next Monday,


a passion for the image©




Steve Immel(non-registered)
For starters I love the first shot of Fred wearing the Navajo Chief's blanket the traditional way. It's the way the blankets are worn by the Taos Pueblo Tribal Governor, War Chief and their staff who are appointed by the Tribal Council of elders each year. They all wear them in their group photo for the Taos News. It's a reminder of 1,000 years of tribal governance at the Pueblo. As you showed last week, as well, El Malpais is a wonderful backdrop for Fred's weavings. And he's an apt model for the blanket and the jacket panel. Nice to see him risking life and limb on the limestone walls, too. I hadn't computed that Fred is nearing 20 years of weaving. He's the best!
Wayne Gesterfield(non-registered)
So very nice.
I love every picture.
The cliffs and rocks are perfect to show off the masterful work of Fred's.
Thanks to the photographer for capturing it all so well.
Lawrence Jones(non-registered)
Beautiful work by Fred, and he makes such a great model. Needless to say, the photography is inspirational.
What fun!
Daryl and Fred! The placement of these gorgeous rugs around the rock pillars is outstanding! Beautifully photographed with Fred and his work. Thank you!
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