Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Weaving a story.(Mature Life)

Byline: Jane Mahoney For the Journal

Exhibit at Albuquerque Fiber Arts Festival provides glimpse of Mary Rawcliffe Colton's 30-year career

Hanging just inside Mary Rawcliffe Colton's entryway is a weaving in indigo blues dissolving into fiery reds, her own interpretation of the final lines of poetry in Gerard Manley Hopkins' "The Windhover."

It reads: "blue-bleak embers ... Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermilion."

"I saw the image as hot coals tumbling in stages from the top of a heap of coals, breaking open and burning hotter as they fell," Colton says.

Colton thinks in visuals, a trait beneficial to a weaver who likes to express through her art the images in her heart and head. She will be the featured solo artist at the fourth biennial Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta at Expo New Mexico (formerly the State Fairgrounds) May 22-24.

A stroll through her exhibit "Precedents" provides a 30-year glimpse at the weaver's growth and passion for varying techniques ranging from Indonesian-inspired Ikat to French tapestries. …

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