An Interview With Michael Rohde

by Barbara Burns on January 12, 2018

Barbara Burns

I had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Rohde. He is on the Board of Directors of the American Tapestry Alliance and has been weaving since the 1970’s.  In this interview Michael speaks about his experience with marketing beginning in the ’70’s up to today. He shares how things have changed since he began promoting his work including what has worked for him and what has not. Michael talks about his experience with galleries, shares some tips he received from people like Jane Sauer and a marketing expert he hired to help him.

This is an audio interview. While you’re listening  you can scroll below and look at some of Michael’s weavings.


From My House to Your Homeland (2003), hand-dyed wool and silk tapestry, 54″ x 98″


Danse (2002), block weave rug with inlay: hand-dyed wool on linen warp, 82″ x 54″

Contemplation (2013), tapestry: wool, natural dyes, 41″ x 32”

Reparations (2004), tapestry: wool, silk, linen, natural dyes, 58″ x 48”

Medicine Buddha, tapestry: wool, silk; natural dyes, 38″ x 31½”


Nobility (2003), block weave rug with inlay: hand-dyed wool and silk on linen warp, 47½” x 36½”

Reality (2016), tapestry: wool, alpaca, silk, llama, natural dyes, 43½” x 32½”

Huli (2012), tapestry: wool, natural dyes, 45″ x 32″

Dream (2014), tapestry: un-dyed alpaca, 43½” x 31½”


Bosporus (2000), block weave rug with inlay: hand-dyed wool on linen warp, 62” x 37½”


  1. Jane K Hallstrom says:

    Interesting interview. Thanks

  2. Lindsay E Kronmiller says:

    Lots of great info. Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. Rosemary Anzicek says:

    Thanks Barbara for this interview with Michael Rohde. I knew to be successful as an artist, the work to sell your art is rough & tough, and Mr. Rohde doesn’t hesitate to confirm that. In real estate the path to selling a house is location, location, location. It appears that in the world of art, to sell fiber art and be known, specifically tapestry, is to network, network network.

  4. Ann Marie Miller says:

    We all have to be adaptable to the changes that occur over time. It’s great to hear from someone who has withstood the test of time. Great blog tour. Thanks for this and hope there are more!

  5. Michael, always loved your work!

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