Evelyn Campbell Wins Tapestry Excellence Award

‘Sandhill Cranes over Pajarito Acres,’ a tapestry by local fiber artist Evelyn Campbell, won the American Tapestry Alliance Award of Excellence. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The American Tapestry Alliance has announced that Evelyn Campbell from Los Alamos received the ATA Award for Excellence in Tapestry for her piece, “Sandhill Cranes over Pajarito Acres.” 

Her tapestry was displayed July 26-28 at the “Celebration of Fiber” sponsored by Intermountain Weavers Conference at Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colo. Campbell’s tapestry measures 28″ by 22″ and is made from hand-dyed wool weft and cotton warp. 

“Sandhill Cranes over Pajarito Acres” was inspired by a photograph taken by (Los Alamos photographer) T.K. Thompson, of cranes flying over my home in the fall toward their wintering ground at the Bosque near Socorro,” Campbell said. “Our Las Tejedoras tapestry group challenged each of us to weave a tapestry illustrating ‘passages.’ Watching the sandhill cranes flying over Pajarito Acres and listening to them every spring and fall has been a passage that has been part of my life for 47 years.” 

The decision to learn to be a weaver in her retirement years was because the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center in Espanola made it easy to take all sorts of classes over the last 18 years, Campbell said. 

“Gradually my interests have narrowed down to tapestry. My technical training in my work life was an excellent preparation for the perfectionist artistry of famous tapestry artists such as James Koehler,” she said. “He used to teach twice a year at the Center. The idea for “Sandhill Cranes over Pajarito Acres” was the last discussion that I had with him.”


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