Crane describes his approach to the design
of home decor as "Pueblo Gothic." As a youth growing
up on the Osage Indian reservation in Pawhuska, Oklahoma at
the end of World War II, the most theatrical event of the
week took place at the large Catholic church. The 18th Century
European liturgy was presided over by a Belgian priest. It
was in this setting that a fascination with the pageantry
of Medieval Europe began to emerge. Crane's work, especially
his tapestries and rugs, exhibits
an unusual combination of the strong, bold patterns seen in
the heraldic design of shields and battle banners blended
with the colors and shapes often found in Native American
textiles. The cruciform shape is often used in various ways
because its design conforms so well to the geometric working
of the warp and weft on the loom.
Adapted from the Scandinavian "Repsmatta"
weave often used for handwoven rugs, Crane's Table
Runners are created from sturdy materials - linen/rayon
warps and jute wefts. The colors are inspired by various aspects
of Southwestern living.