"Linen Lean-To" Tapestry Bas-Relief

Designer: Sheila Hicks (American, born Hastings, Nebraska, 1934)

Date: designed 1967–68; executed 1985

Medium: Linen

Dimensions: 59-1/8 x 82-3/4 x 6 in. (150 x 210 x 15.2 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Tapestries

Credit Line: Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1986

Accession Number: 1986.7

Rights and Reproduction: © Sheila Hicks


Textile designer Sheila Hicks is best known for large-scale, traditionally made, three-dimensional fiberwork wall hangings. On this tapestry, ponytail-like tassels made from bleached linen thread hang down in randomly overlapped layers, creating a luxuriantly thick, soft-white relief. The artist conceived the work in 1967-68 after a winter trip to Normandy, France, where she saw houses with snow piled high on the roofs. She successfully re-creates the effect of this compelling sight with a totally unsuspected material.