Member Since: Apr 2016
While she was working as a model builder in an architectural office in Cambridge MA, Alex Friedman took an evening weaving class at the YWCA and became immediately fascinated with the many possibilities of woven textiles. Her enthusiasm landed her a job in New York City weaving shaped tapestries for the bulkheads of a fleet of 747 jumbo jets.
From that point on, Alex Friedman has maintained an active tapestry studio, weaving commissions and exhibiting widely. Her earliest tapestries reflected a hyper-realistic architectural scenes focusing on the way that light and shadow play across the surface of structural imagery. Moving beyond the surface she began exploring non-traditional possibilities in the construction of a tapestry. Since the early 2000s she has been exploring the sculptural aspects of the tapestry still maintaining the traditional parameters of a weft faced textile.
She has participated in many solo and juried exhibitions in the US and abroad, including participation in a Textile Symposium in St Petersburg, Russia, an Artist in Residence in Surrey, England, and as a panelist at a Tapestry Design Symposium in Washington, DC. She has had the opportunity to live abroad and travel to many places seeking out the textiles of a region because they provide a rich insight to the local culture.
Alex has executed numerous commissions for residential, corporate, and liturgical clients and has exhibited internationally, receiving recognition with many awards. A special distinction was a Fellowship Award from the New England Foundation for the Arts. Her work has been published in catalogs and several recent textile books.
Alex is active in many Bay Area based fiber organizations, Tapestry Weavers West, Fiber Dimensions and the Baulines Craft Guild. She continues to promote tapestry through lectures and workshops. She has served as the President and Co-Director of the American Tapestry Alliance, an international organization of over 500 tapestry weavers and currently serves on the Executive Board of the Textile Arts Council at the de Young Museum.
A native San Franciscan, she returned to the area in 2005 and has had a studio at the ICB in Sausalito since 2006.