(l) “Lamplight Mosque” (2005) 36″ x 24″
(r) “Spring Dance” (2001) 42″ x 27″
Mary Rawcliffe Colton’s Statement
Since tapestry grows slowly, I weave what gives me joy. I like the challenge of building a sound structure as I build an image. My techniques are either small, fine and European or larger, bolder and Southwestern depending upon the imagery. I love color and texture. I want to share images of the high desert where I live and to remind people of the fragility of this environment. I have stories to tell of the places where I’ve traveled and the people I’ve met, as well as of my garden, my cat, and my grandchildren.
Mary Rawcliffe Colton’s Biography
A weaver and teacher since the early 1970’s, I retired in 1999 from a decade as Adjunct Assistant Professor in Art Education at the University of New Mexico. In 1998, I received, from the Handweavers Guild of America, a Masters Certificate of Excellence with a specialized study of tapestry. For many years I used the indirect techniques of Ikat (resisting and dyeing the yarns) and clasped-weft (a rug structure) to produce inexact woven images. In retirement I have given myself the time to weave tapestry with its direct methods of creating precise images.