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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.