Alex Friedman
(415) 310-2460

Artist Bio

During a weaving class at the YWCA Alex Friedman became fascinated with the many possibilities with textiles. Her enthusiasm landed her a job in NYC making shaped tapestries for a fleet of 747s. From that point on Friedman has maintained an active tapestry studio, exhibiting nationally and promoting tapestry. She is fascinated by color and construction within the grid format of tapestry.

Artist Statement

The 'Flow Series' represents a change in direction in my work. For a long time I have been aware that tapestry, in addition to an art project, is a construction project with associated textural and sculptural possibilities.

By keeping within the defined boundaries of tapestry (weft faced, discontinuous weft) and exploring the process of tapestry weaving, I have experimented to see what happens when the boundaries are pushed, technically and materially. Generally, the third dimension of the tapestry is not fully realized until the tapestry is cut from the loom and the shapes, released from a long period of increasing tension, begin to take shape.

Selected Exhibitions

American Tapestry Biennial 9, international show juried by Lee Talbot, Curator, the Textile Museum, Washington, DC.

Finalist in the Kate Derum Award Show, Australia, National University, Melbourne, Australia
‘Interconnections,’  Tapestry Weavers West’s Annual Juried Show, Mills Building, San Francisco, CA
“Art of the Line,” Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, California
“Fantastic Fiber” Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, Kentucky

‘Art of Fine Craft’ National Juried exhibition, Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska

American Tapestry Biennial 7, international show juried by Susan Warner Keene, Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, Tampa, FL and Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY
“Land” exhibit, Textiles Workshop, ANU, Canberra, Australia

CraftForms 2007, Wayne Art Center, Philadelphia, PA.  National craft show juried by Mark Richard Leach of the Mint Museum of Design + Craft, Charlotte, NC

“Tapestries on the Edge.” Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, Washington
“Textile Arts Today” Synopsis Inc, Mountain View, California (invitation)

Showcase, Pump House Gallery, Hartford, CT  (Invitational 2 person show)

CRAFTS '95, Silvermine Gallery, New Canaan, CT (national Juried show)
"White Nights," Marble Palace, St Petersburg, Russia (in conjunction with the Textile Design Symposium)

ITNET 2 Textile Museum, Washington, D.C. (juried)

New England Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Show, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

"American Tapestry Today," Syntex Gallery, Palo Alto,

Solo Exhibitions

Rochioli Winery, Healdsburg, California
“Over Under” The Tamalpais, Greenbrae, CA

“In the Wool,” Mill Valley City Hall, Mill Valley, California
“Woven Delights,” 305 Bell Lane Gallery, Mill Valley, California

“A Show of Hands,” Marin Cancer Center, Greenbrae, California

Clubhouse Gallery at Smith Ranch, San Rafael, California

“Travelling Ravelling,” Lewis Elton Gallery, University of Surrey,  
Guildford, Surrey, England

"The Weaver's Art," Fleming Gallery, TASIS, Thorpe, Surrey,
England  (Artist in residence)

Private Commissions

Aetna Life and Casualty Company, Hartford, Connecticut
Connecticut Bank and Trust, Hartford, Connecticut
Connecticut Business and Industry Associates, Hartford, Connecticut
Congregation Ahavath Achim, Colchester, Connecticut
Mechanics Savings Bank, Hartford, Connecticut
St. Francis Medical Center, Hartford, Connecticut
Hale and Dorr, Attorneys, Boston, Massachusetts
as well as numerous private collectors


Shaped Tapestry  by Kathe Todd-Hooker, Fine Fiber Press, Albany, OR (reissue)

“Show of Hands: Alex Friedman” by Marianne Haller, Tapestry Topics, V37, no 2, pp 18-21
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Alex Friedman:  Tapestry with a Twist” by Hollis Walker, Fiberarts Magazine April/May issue
Making the Cut”  Fiberarts Magazine, April/ May issue

“Alex Friedman’s New Twist” by Linda Rees. Tapestry Topics, American Tapestry                        Alliance, summer issue Fiberarts Magazine, Jan/Feb Awards

American Tapestry Biennial 7 catalogue, American Tapestry Alliance,

"International Tapestry in the 1990's," Fiberarts Magazine, June /July issue, by Carol Russell, (illustration p.43)

Fiber celebrated '93
, Sixth Biennial Exhibition Intermountain Weaver's Conference catalog

"Textilforum," summer issue, Hannover, Germany (cover photo)
ITNET 2, Sponsored by ITNET and the Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska

American Tapestry Today,
sponsored by the American Tapestry Alliance and the Syntex Corporation.   

"Corporate Art Collections" sponsored by Corporate Curators, Inc., Hartford, CT


Best in Show, Contemporary Tapestry TWINE (Tapestry Weavers in New England) Rivertree Center for the Arts, Kennebunk, ME

Artist in Residence, The American School in Switzerland TASIS England, Thorpe, Surrey UK

Honorable Mention, CRAFTS '95, Silvermine Gallery, New Canaan, CT (National Juried Show)

Fellowship Award for the Visual Arts from the New England Foundation for the Arts