Allina Whole Person Care Gallery


Adventures in String Theory
Weavings by Eleanor Coolidge
March 15 – July 31, 2018

Artist Statement
I started weaving in 1966 when my mother-in-law wanted to take a class at the local art center in Richmond, California, and wanted me to go with her. I had time, so I went along.  I loved it from the beginning, but it didn’t speak to Nana. She never wove again, and I have never stopped! To me weaving is full of endless possibilities – design, color, complexity, adventure.


I like to experiment – that’s where the adventure comes from. My favorite part is deciding on a design, working it out, and putting it onto the loom – the dreaded “threading up the loom”, which many weavers intensely dislike doing. I like to work with my hands, so I like the “hands-on-ness” of weaving. I love color – I can get drunk on color. I’m observant of things like color, patterns, and textures – weaving combines all of that. Patterns woven on a traditional loom are very formally structured, and I like that. I’m not much for off-loom weaving.


I like to make rugs – not only floor rugs, but “wall rugs”, wall hangings made with the same techniques used in rug-making. I love overshot weaving (you might think of overshot as “colonial weaving”) – it’s such a textural thing. But my favorite kind of weaving is whatever I’m working on at the moment.


I’ve studied at the Richmond Art Center in California, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, Sievers School of Fiber Arts in Wisconsin, the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and at numerous workshops offered by the Woodstock Weavers Guild of Woodstock, Illinois. In turn, I’ve taught weaving at the YWCA in Salt Lake City, at Studio S Fiber Arts in Delavan, Wisconsin, and privately.


If I’m not weaving, I might be spinning, dyeing fleece, knitting, playing the piano, or inventing some new dish for dinner….