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I am a tapestry weaver. I create art for the wall using yarn as my medium. I first design my work using as a start either photography, painting, drawing or collage. I continue working with the image until I reach a weavable cartoon. During this process I often study historical tapestries for inspiration and try to incorporate a style or techniques based on these older tapestries. I leave many decisions of what the final image will look like until I am at the loom, employing weaverly techniques to produce shading, movement and the forms that make up the image.
Betty Hilton-Nash began her tapestry career in 1991, working for a year as an apprentice/contract weaver for Pam Patrie Studios in Portland, Or. She has continued her work as an artist weaver, creating and exhibiting her own designs in group shows nationally and internationally. She has continued her education with workshops with some of the world's best known tapestry artists, Archie Brennan, Jean Pierre Larochette and Phillip Playe. She recently won best in show at the 2016 Blue Ridge Fiber show at the NC Arboretum. She has also received the American Tapestry Alliance award for Excellence, the Handweavers Guild of American award and was a finalist for the Kate Derum prize in Australia.