Nancy Jackson

Long-time member of Tapestry Weavers West

Long-time member of American Tapestry Alliance

Vallejo, California USA
Located in the north San Francisco Bay Area


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Consanguine, Incarnation, Annunciation, Ark, Annunciation (The Ark), tapestry, weaving, Gobelin, Aubusson, McColgan, Rasmussen, Jackson, Nancy Jackson, Joan McColgan, Christina Rasmussen, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, Islam
The Incarnation Triptych ©Nancy Jackson, 8-feet x 13-feet (243cm x 397cm). Dedicated to Dr. Robert J. Goeser and Dr. Timothy F. Lull, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. Gobelin-Aubusson tapestry: Wool weft, cotton warp. Weavers: Nancy Jackson, Artist; Independently Contracted Weavers: Joan McColgan & Marielle Snyder; Apprentice Christina Rasmussen. All rights reserved.


"There was another world before this one. But the people of that world did not behave themselves. Displeased, the Creator set out to make a new world. He sang several songs to bring rain, which poured stronger with each song. As he sang the fourth song, the earth split apart and water gushed up through the many cracks, causing a flood. By the time the rain stopped, all of the people and nearly all of the animals had drowned. Only Kangi the crow survived.

"Kangi pleaded with the Creator to make him a new place to rest. So the Creator decided the time had come to make a new world..." (you may continue the story by clicking here).


Lakota Creation Myth II by Nancy Jackson, copyright 2010, 4-feet x 1.75-feet (122cm x 54cm), Gobelin-Aubusson tapestry, wool weft on cotton warp. All rights reserved.

Lakota Creation Myth, 48"x22", handwoven tapestry by Nancy Jackson
Lakota Creation Myth II, 48"x22", handwoven tapestry by Nancy Jackson. All rights reserved.
Trev's Blues by Nancy Jackson
Trev's Blues by Nancy Jackson. Handwoven tapestry. All rights reserved.


Artist & Weaver: Nancy Jackson
Copyright: 2007 Nancy Jackson, Timshel Studio. All rights reserved.
Medium: Handwoven tapestry (Aubusson & Gobelin methods)
Dimensions: 59.5" x 27"
Materials: Wool weft, cotton warp sett at 13 portee

Saint Olav, Olav Harroldson, King of Norway, stands in barefooted humility on a dragon bearing his likeness. The dragon can symbolize the overcoming of his former violent past as a youthful Viking or it might be seen as a symbol for his mature introspection. Like many "saints," Olav did not live a perfect life, but instead was honored for his determined efforts to bring Christianity to Norway and, thus, unity to his homeland. This artwork is a 5-foot high handwoven tapestry using Gobelin and Aubusson methods.
Saint, Olav, Olaf, Saint, Dragon, Viking, Norway, Norwegian
Saint Olav (Olaf) King of Norway, 59.5" x 27", handwoven tapestry, wool weft & cotton warp. Artist: Nancy Jackson. All rights reserved.


Tapestry Commissions

Iconography Commissions

References Available

LEFT: Mother of God with Archangels Michael & Gabriel, 6.5" x 5" x .75". RIGHT: Kykkotissa 6.5" x 5" x .75". Both egg tempera using natural historical pigments. Kykkotissa includes 23-karat gold.
ConversionSeries: Branch Mirror II by Nancy Jackson
ConversionSeries: Branch Mirror II by Nancy Jackson. Handwoven tapestry. All rights reserved.

Beginning through advanced instruction is offered in a friendly environment of very small class sizes. You will receive individual attention during your class as well as post-class support while you embody the knowledge and develop your skills and vision. Inexpensive housing options are available for traveling students. More information: nancy@timshelstudio.com.

* Introduction to Aubusson/Gobelin Tapestry
* Beginning Aubusson/Gobelin Tapestry
* Intermediate Aubusson/Gobelin Tapestry
* Intro to Cartooning & Color Theory for Tapestry
* Advanced-Intermediate Aubusson/Gobelin Tapestry
* One-On-One Image Development
* Advanced Aubusson/Gobelin Tapestry
* Study Apprenticeship (Invitation Only)
* Self-Designed Tapestry Study

* Traditional Heddle Knotting
* Focus on Hachure & Hatching
* Outlining Techniques & Text Weaving
* Challenges of Weaving Single-Color Bobbins
* Brush-Up for Experienced Weavers

* Intro to Oriental Carpet Weaving
* Norwegian Åklævev
* Norwegian Responses to European Tapestry
* Tapestry Woven Coptic or Ethiopian Sacred Icon

2012-13 - AMERICAN TAPESTRY BIENNIAL 9, an international competition sponsored by American Tapestry Alliance showing from 10/19 to 12/16/2012 at The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH and from 01/12/12 to 02/23/13 at Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN. Juror: Lee Talbot, Assoc. Curator of the Eastern Hemisphere Collections, The Textile Museum, Wash DC.

2011 - TWW AT THE MILLS BUILDING, 11/01/11 to 02/04/12, Mills Building www.themillsbuilding.com, 220 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94104. Curators Kerri Hurtado of Artsource Consulting, Deborah Corsini, Curator for San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.

Floats Ia, handwoven tapestry, Gobelin, Aubusson
Floats Ia from Floats I Quartet, Nancy Jackson. All rights reserved.
2011 - BAULINES CRAFT GUILD 2011 MASTERS ANNUAL, 08/06 to 09/23/11, Art Works Downtown, 1337 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901. Curators: Baulines Craft Guild Board of Directors. 

2010 - 10/1 to 12/1 TRADITION & INNOVATION: NANCY JACKSON & SUSAN GANGSEI TAPESTRIES, Luther Seminary Museum, St. Paul, MN www.luthersem.edu/archives. Curator & Archivist: Paul Daniels.

2010 - TAPESTRY WEAVERS WEST MEMBERS SHOW CELEBRATES 25 YEARS, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA www.therac.org. Jurors: Jan Langdon, Sonja Miremont & an anonymous juror.

Floats, handwoven tapestry
Floats Ib from Floats I Quartet, Nancy Jackson. All rights reserved.
2010 - SHINING BRIGHTLY: TAPESTRY WEAVERS WEST CELEBRATES 25 YEARS, Petaluma Arts Center www.petalumaartscouncil.org, 707-762-5600, 230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma, CA. Hours: Noon-4pm, closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

2009 - WOVEN WOMEN: REPRESENTATIONS OF THE FEMALE IN NORWEGIAN WEAVING, Vesterheim Museum www.vesterheim.org, Decorah, IA USA, Curator: Laurann Gilbertson, Chief Curator.

2008 - TREND MEETS TRADITION: ETHNIC HERITAGE IN CONTEMPORARY ART, Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, MA 02635. Curator: Cindy Nickerson.
2006-2007 - AMERICAN TAPESTRY BIENNIAL 6, an international competition, shown at Bellevue Arts Museum, Seattle, WA USA, San Jose Museum of Quilts &Textiles, San Jose, CA USA & the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI USA. Jurors: Dr Lotus Stack, Curator Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN & Shelly Goldsmith, Senior Lecturer, Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton UK, fiber artist.

Floats, handwoven tapestry, Gobelin, Aubusson, Nancy Jackson
Floats Ic from Floats I Quartet, Nancy Jackson. All rights reserved.
2006-2007 - November 29 to January 14 - TAPESTRY ON THE EDGE (Artwork: "Annunciation (The Ark)"), Nordic Heritage Museum,  Seattle, WA 98117 http://www.nordicmuseum.org.

2005-2006 - FIBERART INTERNATIONAL 2004 traveling exhibition, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA 98004 USA (more details below).

2004-2005 - 
FIBERART INTERNATIONAL 2004 (Incarnation Triptych) at Museum of Arts & Design New York, NY www.madmuseum.org212-956-3535. Jurors: David Revere McFadden, Chief Curator & VP for Programs & Collection at Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY, Sarah Quinton, Contemporary Curator at Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, and Barbara Lee Smith, then Visiting Professor at Joshibi College of Art & Design, Tokyo, Japan.

Floats, handwoven tapestry, Gobelin, Aubusson
Floats Id from Floats I Quartet, Nancy Jackson. All rights reserved.

2003-2004 - INCARNATIONS: A NANCY JACKSON RETROSPECTIVE 1980-2003, Vesterheim Museum, 502 West Water Street, Decorah IA USA www.vesterheim.org. Curator Laurann Gilbertson, Textile Curator.

2001- A CULTURAL ODYSSEY: CONTEMPORARY NORWEGIAN WEAVING IN AMERICA, sponsored by Vesterheim Museum, Decorah, IA, The Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, WA and The Norwegian Textile Guild. 

2000 - AMERICAN TAPESTRY BIENNIAL III, an international exhibition sponsored by the American Tapestry Alliance, showing at Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY, to coincide with Convergence 2000, and at the Bayeux Gallery, Denver, CO - Judges: Archie Brennan, Susan Maffei, Jean-Pierre Larochette, Yael Lurie, Ramona Sekiestewa, Rachel Brown, Sarah Swett, Julia Mitchell, Mary Dieterich, Irvin and Lisa Trujillo.

1999 - FIBERART INTERNATIONAL ‘99, Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh PA - Judges: Jason Pollen, President, Surface Design Association, and Chairman Fiber Department, Kansas City Art Institute; Rebecca Stevens, Consulting Curator Contemporary Textiles, Textile Museum, Wash DC, USA; Bhakti Ziek, Associate Professor of Woven Design, Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science

1998 - ANA 27, national exhibition, The Holter Museum of Art, Helena MT, USA - Juror: Peter Frank,  Editor of Visions (art quarterly) and art critic for the Los Angeles Weekly.

995-1997 - NORWEGIAN FOLK ART: THE MIGRATION OF A TRADITION (invited artist), a traveling exhibition co-sponsored by The Museum of American Folk Art, New York City, NY, and The Norwegian Folk Art Museum, Oslo, Norway - curated by Dr. Marion Nelson, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota.

1996-1997 - AMERICAN TAPESTRY BIENNIAL I, traveling exhibition sponsored by American Tapestry Alliance - Juror: Carol Russell



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