“I play with color and pattern to create the illusion of deep, layered and contemplative spaces
in my weavings. Warp and weft elements intersect to produce subtle and/or dramatic forms
and contrasts. There is a planned outcome, but it can also be challenged or distorted by the
warp and weft under ension. I draw inspiration from historic and contemporary textiles from
many cultures, as well as from rhythms in the landscape, architectural structures, and found
object compositions. The splendid patterns and vibrant colors of the ikat fabrics and
embroideries from Uzbekistan are the most recent influences on my work.”
In 1975, After Ann Roth graduated from the University of Michigan, she learned to weave. She was drawn to the structural possibilities of the process, and was intrigued by the development of color through the
interaction of warp and weft. Roth changed direction to work on large color field-type printed and
layered wall hangings in the graduate program at the University of Kansas, where she received
a MFA in Textile Design in 1982. No longer having a large studio or dyeing facilities, Roth
returned to weaving in and around various administrative and curatorial positions with
non-profit arts organizations, universities and galleries in Vermont, Maine and North Carolina.
Ann Roth taught at Meredith College from 2001-2014 when she retired to work full time on her weavings.
Ann Roth has had 2-person exhibitions at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design in Raleigh, NC and the
Wilson (NC) Arts Council, and has been in national juried shows at the Mesa (AZ) Center for
Contemporary Art, Denton (TX) Art Center and the Wellington B. Gray Gallery at East Carolina
University, Greenville, NC. Roth’s weavings are owned by the City of Raleigh, and Levine Cancer
Center and Carolinas Healthcare in Charlotte, NC, and are in numerous private collections.
Awards include a 2013 Open Studio Residency at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and a
2010 Regional Artist Fellowship from the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.