An Artists Retreat at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House: The Taos Artists Colony Then and Now

It is with pride that we present to you this series of artist interviews made at the historic Mabel Dodge Luhan house in Taos, New Mexico. As our photography team thought about creating a look for winter 2019, we thought about our roots and about the depth of the place we call home: Taos.

The Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico, home of the original Taos Artist Colony and the site of inspiration for Taos artists today.

Mabel’s house is a perfect setting because it seems to crystallize all things Taos. We considered the history of the place, now 100-years-old, and all of the artists that came here.

The Taos Artist Colony Then

Mabel came to Taos in 1917 from New York and began to bring the literary and creative community with her. Among them: Georgia O'Keefe, Ansel Adams, DH Lawrence, Edward Weston, Willa Cather, Aldous Huxley, but the list goes on. They were inspired by the place and the beauty of Taos captivated them, and had to come for themselves to see the effect it would have on their lives and on their art.

Mabel said that she “found out that the sunshine in New Mexico could do almost anything with one: make one well if one felt ill, or change a dark mood and lighten it. It entered into one's deepest places and melted the thick, slow densities. It made one feel good. That is, alive.” 

The Taos Artist Colony Today

The deep creative history of Taos predates Mabel Dodge Luhan as the Taos Pueblo predates the modern city of Taos, and it still resonates today. Taos is an out-there kind of place brimming with brilliant people from all over the world, people living intentionally, creatively, and in connection with this dramatic landscape. This is the soil our little cashmere company has grown out of, and this is the community we are so fortunate to be a part of. 

An Artists Retreat at the Mabel Dodge

So we decided to host our own Artists Retreat, inviting Johnny Ortiz, Afton Love, David Costanza, Izumi Yokoyama, Paul Pascarella, Maye Torres and Maria Samora to come, to wear cashmere, and to reflect on their work as it is created in this beautiful setting. We hope our objective of exposing the depth behind the scenes will inspire you, that you will draw parallels between our work, their work, and this place.


 

Explore the Artists Retreat

            

                    Afton Love                                        Johnny Ortiz

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