Adriane Nicolaisen

Adriane Nicolaisen

Art
Email:
anicolaisen@mendocino.edu

I fell in love with weaving in the 1970's in Berkeley. At that time, the East Bay Area was a hot spot for fiber arts due to the presence of some of the great teachers at the area colleges who inspired students to pursue textiles as a studio art form. Through this influence I decided to devote myself to hand weaving and made my living as a studio hand weaver through the '80's and 90's. I participated in some of the country's finest craft shows including shows at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Craft Show and the American Craft Council shows in Baltimore and San Francisco. My fabrics were selected for inclusion in the 1996 International Design Yearbook as well as other design publications.

In 2004, I moved to Philadelphia to attend graduate school at Philadelphia University School of Textiles and Science. I graduated in 2006 with a Master of Science in Textile Design. The curriculum included fiber science, power loom weaving, textile engineering, print design for large format digital printing, machine knitting and dye chemistry. Upon returning to California and Fort Bragg, I have returned to hand weaving and felting as art forms. I still love weaving and I'm happy that it isn't my sole source of income anymore. I am really enjoying teaching and seeing the spark of excitement as students discover fiber as a creative expression. My goal is to inspire young people to go into textiles as a life long pursuit.