DATE: September 5 – November 29
TIME: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
AGES: All ages
Linda Rees was born in St. Louis, MO in 1940. A course on tapestry weaving in college changed the course of her life, and she would go on to weave nearly every day for the next fifty years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and worked briefly as a social worker before choosing to become a stay at home mother, pursuing tapestry weaving as a career as her daughter grew older.
Linda relocated to Bellingham in 1970, where she became one of the founding members of the Whatcom Weavers Guild, volunteered weekly at the Whatcom Museum of History and Art, and contributed essays and commentary to magazines such as Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot and Handwoven, and served for several years as Editor of the American Tapestry Alliance monthly newsletter, documenting contemporary tapestry and providing a critical connection for the tapestry community.
Linda’s primary interest in weaving has always been color; she loved the challenge of taking colors that traditionally don’t “go” together and creating an abstract design that made them work aesthetically. Early sources of inspiration that were to have an impact on her art for decades included Mexican serapes and Navajo rugs. Although Linda is no longer able to weave, she is curious and interested in the colors and the people around her and remains actively engaged in the weaving community.