About Elizabeth Buckley

Elizabeth Buckley's hands weaving, with bobbins of crewel weight wool yarn.                                                       photo credit:  Lany Eila

Elizabeth is a second-generation tapestry artist of over forty-five 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.”

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 preserving these vanishing techniques, not only through her own tapestries, but in her teaching as well.

Elizabeth Buckley in her studio, standing at her Aubusson loom, with her tapestries:  "Portal" (right) and "Seed of Life" (left). Photo credit:  Nancy Wohlenberg

Elizabeth Buckley in her studio, standing at her Aubusson loom, with her tapestries:  "Portal" (right) and "Seed of Life" (left).

Photo credit:  Nancy Wohlenberg

With a background including multiple-harness production weaving and a degree in art, Elizabeth bridges both the weaving and art 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.    Her tapestries have been shown in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions through out the United States and Canada.  She has written articles for the American Tapestry Alliance newsletter, “Tapestry Topics,” as well as been published in:  FiberArts Design Book Five, Carol K. Russell’s The Tapestry Handbook:  the Next Generation, and most recently in Contemporary International Tapestry.



American Tapestry Alliance 2011 Award for Excellence in Tapestry

Artist Page on American Tapestry Alliance website

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