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Table Runners

Decorative Textiles

Crane describes his approach to the design of home decor as "Pueblo Gothic." As a youth growing up on the Osage Indian reservation in Pawhuska, Oklahoma at the end of World War II, the most theatrical event of the week took place at the large Catholic church. The 18th Century European liturgy was presided over by a Belgian priest. It was in this setting that a fascination with the pageantry of Medieval Europe began to emerge. Crane's work, especially his tapestries and rugs, exhibits an unusual combination of the strong, bold patterns seen in the heraldic design of shields and battle banners blended with the colors and shapes often found in Native American textiles. The cruciform shape is often used in various ways because its design conforms so well to the geometric working of the warp and weft on the loom.

Adapted from the Scandinavian "Repsmatta" weave often used for handwoven rugs, Crane's Table Runners are created from sturdy materials - linen/rayon warps and jute wefts. The colors are inspired by various aspects of Southwestern living.

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