The ATA Award was proudly presented to Betty Hilton-Nash for her tapestry Strands of Time at the Blue Ridge Fiber Show at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NC.
Betty Hilton-Nash’s tapestry “Strands of Time” won the ATA Award in the 2010 Blue Ridge Fiber Show at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NC.
Betty lives in Asheville and has been weaving for about 20 years. She began her tapestry career on the West Coast, working for Pam Patrie Studios in Portland, Oregon. For a year, she worked with Pam and others on three large commissioned pieces that hang in an office building in Los Angeles. That year of working with accomplished tapestry weavers left a lasting impression on her and she feels it equaled at least ten years of private studio time. She has since studied further with other teachers.
Using photographs as original source material, Betty’s work is mostly abstract in nature. She used to do a fully painted color cartoon, but now uses a maquette as the color source and a line drawing for the cartoon. This gives her freedom to interpret as she weaves. She weaves from the back on an upright Shannock loom.
“Strands of Time” is woven with wool wefts at 8epi on a cotton warp. It is a re-weaving of an earlier piece that was destroyed. Betty enlarged the design and reinterpreted some of the areas. She worked from a photograph that her husband, Trevor, took in their garden in Oregon. She has been working in small format for a while because of time constraints, but says after finishing this piece that she really wants to work larger again.
Betty adds that “Tapestry is my passion and I hope to continue to do good work and help educate the public as to what an incredible art form tapestry is.” She has served on the boards of Tapestry Weavers West, Tapestry Weavers South, and American Tapestry Alliance.