March 22, 1957 - December 25, 2013
Patty"s Paradise is dedicated to our dear friend Patty McNall. Patty passed away in 2013 after succumbing to injuries resulting from a horse riding accident. She was an accomplished weaver and talented fier artists. Her warm smile and infectious spirit touched all that knew her and she wil be deeply missed, but never forgotten.
In her memory, Patty's husband DeGrey Phillips, Ginger Snip and Cari Sample Malver launched a new venture at Patty and DeGrey's Cottonwood Ranch in Ridgway, Colorado to honor all fiber enthusiasts. It is their hope that by bringing all types of textile artists to her beloved home will pay homage to Patty's generous spirit.
Patty had an extraordinary life and truly lived it to the fullest. Adventure travel was one of her great passions. Along with DeGrey and her friends, she traveled the globe. Patty dove with Great White sharks, rode camels in Petra and India; galloped on horseback in Botswana, Ecuador, Spain, and Mongolia; and explored Africa from the back of an elephant. Textile travel quickly became one of her new favorite adventures where she was able to share her enormous talent and enthusiasm with weavers around the world. However, Patty's favorite place to weave was closer to home with her weaving family at Tierra Wools in Los Ojos, New Mexico. It was here that she learned the Rio Grande tradition of weaving and sold the bulk of her work. Patty was an active member of the San Juan Weaving Guild in Montrose, Colorado and the Intermountain Weavers Conference comprised of fiber artists from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah.
Patty loved animals of all kinds. She raised Tibetan yaks at her ranch in Ridgway, Colorado where she resided with her husband DeGrey Phillips and her two dogs. Patty was known locally as the "Yak Whisperer" and was on the Board of Directors of the International Yak Association. Whether it was rescuing her dogs from a local shelter, contributing to animal related charities or gentling a llama in Peru, all animals brought her tremendous joy.
We are honored to offer extraordinarytextile events at Cottonwood Ranch in her memory. She would have loved the contact with every fiber enthusiast that visits and we believe she is here with all of us in spirit.