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Judith Poxson Fawkes
Oct. 5, 1941 - June 28, 2019
Judith "Judy" Poxson Fawkes died Friday, June 28, 2019 in Portland. She was born in Lansing, Mich., and graduated from Michigan State University and Cranbrook Academy of Art where she met Tom Fawkes, her husband of 52 years. They settled in Portland in 1972.
Judy exhibited her linen inlay, double weave and pattern weave tapestries since the 1960s, and beginning in 1989 she showed at Laura Russo Gallery, now Russo Lee Gallery. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the American Craft Museum in N.Y. Fifty commissioned tapestries are held in collections across the country, notably in the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, Kaiser and Legacy Hospitals, Inverness Jail, Chapman Elementary School and Congregation Beth Israel all in Portland and in university and corporate buildings in Houston, San Antonio, Atlanta, New Orleans, Seattle and Jacksonville, and a Caribbean cruise ship.
She also taught weaving for many years at four colleges in Portland, including Lewis & Clark College.
In 2012 she published Weaving a Chronicle (Schiffer) in which she described the circumstances and techniques behind the tapestries she produced over five decades. Her work was inspired by the grid of the loom, Bauhaus, Renaissance tapestry, light through water, Italian gardens, Portland weather and the medium of flax itself.
Tom and Judy have lived in the Willamette Heights neighborhood of Portland since 1977. Judy was active in neighborhood initiatives such as the 1991 book Artists of Willamette Heights and planting the areas by the Vaughn Street freeway on-ramp. Judy attended (and on occasion taught) an exercise class at Friendly House for the past 20 years.
Judy was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2014, and despite her declining abilities, she loved to be outside in her garden and to walk through her Portland neighborhood with friends and family. We remember her bright smile, curiosity, humor, creative drive, love of fun and enduring interest in the effects of light and color.
She is survived by her husband, Tom; sister, Anne Sparks; two daughters, Glynnis Fawkes and Elizabeth Fawkes; and three grandchildren, Sylvan, Helen and Koa.
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Published in The Oregonian from July 8 to July 14, 2019
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