|The Oregon Weaver
Unique Designs from the Pacific Northwest
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|Karen Gelbard, "The Oregon Weaver",
specializes in designing and producing
handwoven jackets and scarves. In her studio
on the Oregon Coast, Karen creates classically
styled garments. Her scarves, with themes
such as "Driftwood" or "Grasses of Summer",
are well known as color landscapes drawn from
the Pacific Northwest.
After Karen graduated from the University of
Kansas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in
Design in 1974, she focused her creative
energies on color and texture using fiber. She
has gone on to demonstrate her weaving and
clothing design skills in schools, classes and
museums across the country.
Karen is one of the artists who help with the
on-going restoration of historic Timberline
Lodge on Mt. Hood in Oregon. Since 1979, she
has woven over 290 yards of upholstery fabric
for the lodge in the style of the original artisans.
In 1984, Karen was commissioned by Larry
Kirkland to assist in the design and fabrication
of 44 rugs in the main lodge at Sunriver Lodge
in Bend, Oregon.
Karen's fabrics were used in the original
costumes designed by Susan Lily for a
production of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible,"
performed in Portland, Oregon in 2001.
Karen's work can be seen at juried art fairs and
galleries in Oregon, Washington, California,
Utah, Missouri and Illinois.
|I use hand looms to create woven pieces of
wearable art inspired by the Oregon Coast.
The work begins with telling a woven story. I
watch the wind on the river, then capture the
pattern in my cloth. The changing hues of the
ocean depths teach me to use subtle undertones.
The warp resonates with color. The weft
interacts finding the color harmonies. Like a
sculptor, I then assess the variations of the
human form to design, cut, and sew hand woven
jackets and scarves.
Using as many as twenty different colored yarns,
I stand at the warping board and intuitively
develop the color gradations from one edge of
the piece to the other. As I weave, the loom
beats in time with the rhythm of the waves and
the human heart.
1997 Salem Art Fair, Best of Show
2000 Portland Arts Festival Fiber ,First Place
2006 Anacortes Art Festival, Board Choice
2010 St Louis Art Fair, Second place in Fiber
2012 Autumn and Art, Wichita, KS
2013 "Rags" Gallery, Tacoma, WA