Joan Potter Loveless Three Weavers

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Three Weavers

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This reminiscence of the lives and work of three craftswomen covers a period of some forty years. Joan Potter Loveless came to Taos in the early 1950s fresh out of Black Mountain College where she had studied weaving with Anni Albers. When she and her artist husband and baby daughter arrived in their Model A convertible they did not suspect that they would establish a relationship with the region that would pull them back again and again. Loveless's life became intertwined with that of her friends Rachel Brown and Kristina Wilson. They shared with her a love for the New Mexico landscape, their work as weavers and spinners, and the joys and sorrows of children and grandchildren.
In addition to the story of their friendship, this is the story of the evolution of their work--a relationship with wool that is unique to each weaver but for each intimately related to Northern New Mexico. As their careers developed they participated in craft co-ops, educational programs, and commercial ventures, including Tierra Wools in Los Ojos, New Mexico, and Weaving Southwest in Taos. Anyone who has ever made a living as a craftsperson or thought about doing so will delight in Joan Loveless's thoughtful evocation of this way of life.
Loveless beautifully captures the spirit of Taos valley, the texture of daily life, and the challenge of the creative process. Anyone with an interest in the culture of the Southwest or the history of the Taos art colony will enjoy Three Weavers.

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A biographical account of the lives of three women weavers and their families in the Taos area of northern New Mexico, this book is also a chronology of their artistic development. Over a 40-year period, these transplanted New Englanders became active in the Taos weaving revival, particularly in the formation of local and rural weaving cooperatives. Loveless is at her best when describing the thinking and creative processes involved in the creation of a woven piece and the development of cooperative ventures. Fine descriptions of the New Mexico landscape and traditional adobe construction are interwoven with some poignant but mostly mundane accounts of family life. One might have wished for fewer accounts of family members' comings and goings and more of the impact of these family events on the creative output of the weavers. Recommended for specialists and for Southwestern collections.
- Ingrid Schierling, Univ. of Colo rado at Colorado Springs
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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