I want to make tapestries.” –Gloria F. Ross

Dovecot tapestry workshop, Edinburgh

Gloria F. Ross combined traditional European weaving techniques with modern American painted imagery to create over 250 tapestries between 1966 and 1998. A book manuscript with the working title, A Creative Career: Gloria F. Ross & Modern Tapestry , is moving forward. The work-in-progress by Ann Lane Hedlund documents the professional work of Gloria Ross through her own lively correspondence, notes, and sketches. This unique research project explores the artists’ work, weavers’ ways, and most especially the friendships and controversies engendered by Ross’s basic desire to “make tapestries” and her broader hope to instill American interest in this rich European tradition.  

Illustration: Weavers at the loom, Dovecot Tapestry Studio, Edinburgh, Scotland (Photo courtesy of GFR Archives).