Linda Giesen



Linda Giesen, "Blue Mesa" (2012), 19" x 30"
“Blue Mesa” (2012) 19″ x 30″
Linda Giesen, "White Sands" (2012), 15" x 30"
“White Sands” (2012) 15″ x 30″

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, "Glyphs" (2011), 38" x 13"
“Glyphs” (2011) 38″ x 13″

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.