About Elizabeth Buckley
Elizabeth is a second-generation tapestry artist of over fifty years. “My mother showed my ten-year-old hands the world of threads moving over-and-under taut warp, to create shapes and forms imbedded in woven cloth. Thus, I entered the archetypal pathway of weaving.”
Elizabeth first wove tapestry based on the Mexican and Rio Grande techniques, and then expanded into those of Peter Collingwood’s rug weaving. “I wove from the gut, without pre-planning. When my designs grew too complex to hold all the details in my head, I knew it was time to find a way to create a road map that would allow space for what the tapestry wanted to be. This quest led me to studying French tapestry, which ultimately became the place of resonance for my tapestry voice.”
The Aubusson Connection
While her initial introduction to French tapestry came via workshops in the United States taught by Jean Pierre Larochette and Yael Lurie, it was her studies with Gisèle and Henri Brivet in Aubusson, France, which significantly deepened and refined her understanding of Aubusson tapestry.
Elizabeth is passionately devoted to being a lineage-keeper of as yet undocumented techniques as well as to preserving l’esprit d’Aubusson (the spirit of Aubusson) not only through her own tapestries, but in her teaching as well.
With her weaving background and her degree in art, Elizabeth bridges both worlds. In her teaching she demonstrates how design principles and color theory relate to tapestry making. She draws from multiple tapestry traditions to provide her students with the technique vocabulary for finding and expressing their own unique voice.
Elizabeth lives in the high desert southwest of Albuquerque, New Mexico, amid the Navajo and Hispanic Rio Grande weaving traditions. She was curator of the international show “Dialogues: Tapestry and Human/Nature,” on exhibit in conjunction with HGA Convergence, when held in Albuquerque, July 2010.
Elizabeth Buckley’s tapestries have a lengthy exhibition history, including national and Canadian juried and invitational shows, as well as in museum exhibitions. Her work is in numerous private collections, and was featured in the Fiber Art Now article on “An Artist’s Sense of Place,” Fall 2017 issue. Her publications include: FiberArts Design Book V and Carol K. Russell’s The Tapestry Handbook: the Next Generation, and most recently in Contemporary International Tapestry. In 2011, Elizabeth was awarded the American Tapestry Alliance Award for Excellence in Tapestry.
Les Bons Gestes article written for ATA’s “Tapestry Topics,” Summer 2010.