Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Linda Rees, Tapestry Weaver (Updated)

Above are "River Rhumba" and "Our Folly, His Future."

When I was first living in Bellingham in the mid-1970s and after I received my first paycheck from my job as an industrial sewing machine operator in a Columbia Sportswear factory, I purchased a striking tapestry weaving that I had seen at a yarn shop in downtown Bellingham. I think of the figure as that of a lizard but it could be a salamander, both of which I sorely missed. I was new in Northwest Washington. I was deeply homesick for California. As I handed my check to the store owner, she noticed my address and told me that the tapestry weaver lived a few doors away from me. Linda has been my art friend for a long time now. The lizard/salamander is on the wall at one of my work tables. I was delighted when Linda told me that she had been putting a website together. It is like being able to visit her in her studio any time I want!

She will be showing some of her tapestries in La Connor, Washington, at the Gaches Mansion, from October through December 2010.

Also, as I've mentioned before in other posts, she is the author of Nezhnie: Weaver and Innovative Artist. I recommend it.  You can find it here.

Update on November 5, 2017:  Linda's website is no longer accessible but if you would like to see some of her work, just go to Google Images and enter "Linda Rees tapestry".


Taradharma said...

beautiful work. I enjoyed looking around her website. A friend gave me a tapestry from Peru many years ago -- a geese pattern in brown and white and very coarse and bumpy -- I loved it! Somewhere along the line I misplaced it.

I did some weaving in my late teens -- enjoyed it a lot and was amazed at the complexity. Setting up the loom was much harder than I could have ever imagined!

Anonymous said...

the generosity of one artist sharing another's work is a wonderful thing. kjm

bev said...

I visited this post the other day, then ended up wandering off to explore Linda's website. Thanks for the "redirection". I love visiting artists' websites.

am said...

TaraDharma -- I can picture you weaving. Do you still have a loom? Linda's work is inspiring, isn't it?

kjm -- Thanks for stopping by. Good to hear from you again.

bev -- Glad that you enjoyed Linda's website, too!