The process of tapestry focuses on the artist’s interpretation of color, design, and fiber. My weavings are based on imagery from my experiences, seasons of life, and love of nature. The interaction of color and fiber expresses light in a way no other media I’ve worked in, and this challenge keeps me striving for imagery that expresses this interaction.
Ann Blankenship was born in Rapid City, South Dakota. She spent most of her time climbing trees,
hiking, camping and experiencing outdoor sports and activities.
Ann was a high school art teacher for 30 years. She taught beginning art classes, AP art, ceramics, photography, This vast teaching experience taught her a variety of processes, but weaving and the tactile feel of the fiber of weft and warp fascinates her to this day. Ann was a painter earlier in her career, but when she had her daughter the chemicals in oil paints made her move to a more process oriented art form.
Ann's first tapestry teacher was Grete Heikes Boodegard in Rapid City, South Dakota. Grete was raised in Norway and her style of weaving was whimsical at times and socially driven at other times. Grete is a highly recognized weaver and became a good friend. Moving to New Mexico and joining the local Las Aranas Guild allowed Ann the opportunity to take workshops with John Pierre Larochette and Yael Lurie.
In 1994, three tapestry weavers from Albuquerque, traveled to Aubusson, France to take a Master weaving class with Giselle and Henri Brivet. This was the trip of a lifetime. On weekends the group traveled throughout France seeing many famous tapestries.
Ann’s website is annblankenship.com.