Louise Halsey

A passion for weaving started as a child when I was given a potholder loom. My fascination with using colors to make designs has persisted throughout my life. Over several decades I have loved working on the floor loom most frequently using tapestry techniques including recently learning wedge weave. My work has ranged from small woven bags influenced by those made in many South American countries to large custom-ordered rugs woven with hand dyed fabric strips. I realize that my work extends beyond the loom to incorporate gardening, cooking, & working in other ways. My experience obtaining my MFA from Goddard College strengthened my belief in the unity of life and art. Among my many influences have been the textiles of ancient Peru, works by contemporary women artists and the poems of Neruda and Kabir.

Up in Smoke

wool & mixed fiber tapestry on linen warp
17.5″ x 29.5″ x 1.75″

Sr. Black, Blue & Bleeding

wool tapestry/rya hair on cherry armature
17.5″ x 19.5″ x 1.75″

Shutting the Iron Gates

wool tapestry on linen warp sewn to wool felt
29.5″ x 29.5″ framed

Summer Thunder

wool tapestry on linen warp sewn to wool felt
tapestry 10″ x 10″
framed 14″ x 14″