Margo Wilson Macdonald '76: Tapestry artist

Margo Wilson Macdonald ’76, Cecilia Blomberg, and Mary Lane collaborated on this 5’x5’ labyrinth tapestry.

by Bruce Macdonald ’76. — Cathy Tollefson ’83

They initially met as members of Tapestry Artists of Puget Sound (TAPS). When the trio decided they wanted to create more opportunities to work collaboratively, they formed Pacific Rim Tapestries. The Labyrinth Tapestry is PRT’s first attempt at computer-aided design. Once the labyrinth design was scanned into Photoshop software, they worked together to create the color palette and design. Each was responsible for a third of the actual construction. Seated side-by-side, listening to and discussing National Public Radio, the three created the tapestry in four months, working on it one to two days per week. See more work by PRT artists at pacificrimtapestries.home.att.net/tapestries.htm.
For Margo, the medium of tapestry weaving is an anachronism in this day of instant information. “It is as slow as it was in the Middle Ages; it’s an act of rebellion to make art this way.” She explains, “The slow pace of tapestry weaving is one of the things that draws me to it.” Margo begins by using an overhead projector to trace an image or design. She then creates a color drawing of the image before choosing the yarns that will become her paint. “Sometimes the end result surprises you,” she said. “The piece will often take its own course.” Margo’s résumé is packed full of selected commissions and sales, single-person and group exhibitions, and teaching experience. Last year, Margo accepted a part-time teaching position at Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma as the sixth grade art and upper school 2D foundations instructor. She lives in Vaughn, Wash., with her husband,