“Wildflowers of the Sierra” by Sharon Warren received an ATA Award for best tapestry in the Showcase exhibit at the Southern California Conference of Handweavers in March, 2007. Sharon converted a logo originally designed for the “Handweavers of the Valley” regional fiber arts guild by graphic artist Thereas Doffing, into a tapestry as a volunteer project for the guild. It was woven on her Fireside loom in her home studio in Three Rivers, California.
Sharon began weaving and spinning in British Columbia, Canada. Initially she was inspired to spin in order to use the copious amount of Samoyed dog hair accumulated as she groomed her dog, but went on to spin many fibers. Her early weavings were wall hangings in the Salish Indian technique, which she taught herself from a book. Later, working on a floor loom in 1983, she began tapestry classes with Nancy Harvey and shortly thereafter, began studying the Gobelin technique with Christine Laffer. Sharon credits both of these accomplished and internationally known artists with opening an entirely new and basically unlimited field of weaving for her. Photos of her Gobelin style “Water Lilies” were included in Carol Russell’s 1990 book, The Tapestry Handbook.