Linda Giesen’s Statement
Living in New Mexico I am influenced by the rich southwest weaving traditions and inspired by the high desert landscape. The beauty found in a desert mesa at sundown; a stretch of white desert sand against a dark sky; or an ancient image carved into the land touches me and moves me. It is these moments that I want to capture on my loom. Weaving for me is not only a journey through color and form, but also a journey of self-expression and self-discovery. Weaving helps me come to a deeper understanding of myself. My goal as a tapestry weaver is to capture the essence of nature in an abstract way and create movement through subtle blending of colors.
Linda Giesen’s Biography
I learned to weave when I moved to the Magdalena Mountains of New Mexico in 2004. My first weaving teacher not only taught me about weaving, but also, about sheep ranching, lambing, shearing and wool processing. I started out weaving rugs on a Rio Grande style “walking loom.” The weaving was enhanced by time spent at the wool processing mill experimenting with fibers to creating different yarns. I turned to tapestry weaving after taking a workshop from James Koehler. The five years I spent having James as teacher and mentor have shaped my weaving. I like weaving tapestries because of all the choices in design, color, and tapestry techniques that I need to make to bring the image alive on the loom. I currently live and weave in Las Cruces, New Mexico and spend summers in Minneapolis, Minnesota.