Although the fun of working on the Blurb family reunion book mentioned in last week's blog continues, cameras emerged to photograph Fred's latest Navajo-Churro wool rug and details of it. He used a weaving technique called "pick and pick" exclusively throughout the piece. I searched the web and found an explanation of the process.
"With Pick and Pick you weave one weft in one direction in one color and then another weft in that same direction in another color to make a line instead of weaving in one direction and then back in the other direction." What the technique does is set up a number of optical illusions from almost every direction. Below are images showing two different details within the body of the rug.
As I watched Fred weaving this rug, I realized how much focus it took to get it right. He couldn't even listen to music during the process.
From left to right the colors are natural dark grey (warp), Tierra Wools-dyed chokecherry heather, Brazos Cliffs, Yellow heather (dyed on charcoal grey), red heather, and calabaza
And when we took it to Tierra Wools to sell on Saturday, I realized how much the colors in their own way spoke of the natural landscape. Years ago at Fred's Taos Wool Festival booth, a group of people were talking at length about color theory. After they left, one woman who remained asked the question "Does it occur in nature?" A sublime and straightforward way of explaining colors and how they work. It was fascinating to see how the yellow heather and red heather worked to produce a combination straight from the New Mexico landscape.
Thanks to Lisa, Barbara, TTT, Christina, Steve, Ingrid, and Fred for comments and contributions to this week's blog. I hope the beauty of August presents itself for your viewing and photography throughout the week!
until next Monday,
a passion for the image©