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Lynn Langhoff

Fiber / Lafayette, LA

Artist Statement

The creative process of weaving is extremely satisfying to me - from yarn selection and designing the weave structure through dressing the yarn on the loom, weaving, and the final finishing of each piece. I work on multi-harness floor looms using intricate weave structures and fine natural yarns (silk, wool, bamboo, tencel and cotton) to weave contemporary fabrics for decorative accessories and wearables.

To create multi-tone warp for scarves, I either paint permanent fabric dyes on a stretched length of warp yarns with brushes, or dye skeins of yarn, each in several colors. To achieve unique hues for the yarn, I custom blend primary colors of the dyes. The yarn is heat set, washed and dried. After the warp is dry, the weft yarn is custom dyed in a color blend to enrich and complement the warp yarns. The threading of each warp yarn end and the treadling of the harnesses with the weft yarn determine the interlacement or pattern. After each woven scarf is removed from the loom, the fringes are hand twisted, and the scarf is washed and pressed to “finish”.

The Natural Collection of scarves includes advancing twill, shadow weave and other intricate structures woven with fine natural yarns (silk, wool, and cotton) and Tencel, in black, white and neutral tones.

My background as an interior designer greatly influences my weaving. The emphasis on pattern and structure has developed from a sense of order and balance in design work. The ability to achieve unique color blends comes from many years of developing color palettes for design projects.

Biography

Ms. Langhoff is primarily a self-taught weaver, influenced by workshops with nationally recognized weavers as well as a week-long class at the Weavers’ School in Coupeville, Washington. In 2006 and 2007, Ms. Langhoff received Artist Entrepreneur Grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. In 2008 she received a grant to participate in a Creative Capital Professional Development Retreat, as well as a grant from Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation. She has received numerous show awards for her work including Best of Show at the Chimneyville Crafts Festival in 2013. She is a member of the Board of Directors and Master Craftsman of the Louisiana Crafts Guild, a Fellow of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, and a member of the New Orleans Weavers Guild, Handweavers Guild of America, and a past member of Rhino Contemporary Craft Company.

Ms. Langhoff was an interior designer for many years and recently retired as facility manager of an energy company. For twenty years she owned and operated Langhoff Associates, a professional interior design consulting firm whose work included corporate and fine residential interiors. It was founded in 1979 and located in a renovated Julia Row townhouse in the Arts District and Historic Warehouse District of New Orleans. She received her design training at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan and the University of Florida School of Architecture at Gainesville. She has received numerous interior design competition awards and her work has been published in national and local publications. She was a Professional Member of the American Society of Interior Designers and served as a National Board Member
and Chapter President of that organization.

She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, as First Vice President of the Louisiana Landmarks Society Board of Trustees, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Crafts Council.
Ms. Langhoff’s weavings are available at Louisiana Crafts Guild galleries, the monthly Baton Rouge and New Orleans Arts Markets, and numerous regional and national art shows and festivals.