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Elin Noble is a textile artist and dyer. She has a BFA in Fiber from the University of Washington. From 1992-1996 she was Lab Manager at PRO Chemical & Dye, a dye distributor in Fall River, Massachusetts. She is the author of the 1998 award-winning book, Dyes & Paints: A Hands-On Guide to Coloring Fabric.
Elin has lectured and conducted workshops in the United States, including at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Craft, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Additionally she has taught in Canada, France, Denmark, the Netherlands, Hungary, Japan, and South Korea. Her cloth and quilts have been exhibited in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Hungary, Austria, South Korea, and China.
Through teaching, Elin shares her knowledge from decades of working with dyes. Her main teaching focus is on the “how and why” dyes work. In essence, she teaches students how to “think like a dye”.
Elin’s artwork combines traditional and innovate approaches to dyeing, using subtle and bold color juxtapositions. Her love of color, texture, and abstract geometric compositions show up in her complex itajime dyed fabric, quilts, and installations.
Her artwork has been shown worldwide in galleries and museums, including the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, Visions Art Museum, New Bedford Art Museum, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Bellevue Art Museum, and the Museum of Art and Design in New York.
Elin’s work is in many private and museum collections, including the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska and the Jack Lenor Larsen LongHouse Reserve collection in East Hampton, New York.
Elin is a member of the Surface Design Association and the World Shibori Network.
Elin lives in Langley, Washington on Whidbey Island, with her husband, the artist and art historian, Lasse Antonsen. They share a studio space in the neighboring town of Freeland, Washington.
Elin Noble's Exhibition CV
"We are shaped and fashioned by what we love."
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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