2009 Margaret Swanson

The ATA Award was proudly presented to Margaret Swanson for her tapestry “Red Sails in the Sunset” at the Association of Southern California Handweavers Biennial Conference’s Spectrum exhibition at the Riverside, CA Convention Center, Riverside, CA, March 6-8, 2009.

"Red Sails in the Sunset" 19" x 15" Cotton warp, wool weft, hand dyed

Artist’s Statement and Biographical Information

Weaving has been a consuming hobby of mine for over 30 years. I have been self taught, have taken classes at Syracuse University and from several well known weaving instructors intermittently over the years. I have for the past 10-12 years focused mostly on tapestry weaving after developing an enduring love of Navajo weaving. Much of my tapestry weaving has been developed along those lines with color fields and geometric forms. Early in my tapestries I constrained myself using only natural colored wool, but as the years have passed, I have grown to love and work with deep concentrated colors.

I have belonged to guilds in Syracuse, NY, Estes Park and Boulder, CO and now am a member of the San Diego Creative Weavers Guild along with a small subgroup known as the Tapestry Art Network.