Studio Visit: Anne Lamborn

On August 7, 2017, Anne Lamborn, Gallery House’s only fiber artist, gave seven of us a wonderful tour of her home, studios and, as a special bonus, of her life. Her home is situated in downtown Los Gatos, down a small lane.

An amazing 150 year-old Italian stone pine graces her front yard. Out the back door, down a steep embankment, runs Los Gatos Creek. A hammock swings over the creek. The main house definitely belongs to an artist who has been a world traveler.

Outbuildings are stacked with art supplies and her main studio houses four looms, each with a started project. She has lived in her home for 47 years.

Fellow Gallery House artist, Hedda Hope brings this account of the visit. 

We started in the solarium. Anne invited us to sit as she described her full and rich life as an artist. She obtained a degree in fine arts at the University of California at Davis studying under such luminaries as Wayne Thiebaud and Roy De Forest. Riding her bicycle around the campus with art materials tucked under her arm and side baskets, she painted copiously, both al fresco and indoors. Spain beckoned with a year abroad at the University of Madrid, so she received majors in Spanish and Fine Arts.

After graduation, the Peace Corps beckoned and after being trained in Puerto Rico for three months, she spent two years in a tiny village on the Volcano Acatenango in Guatemala. She has returned to Guatemala 50-60 times. This is where she learned to weave, with and without a loom. In between she also obtained a Teaching Credential. Later she received a Masters degree in Art (Design, Weaving and Dyes) from San Jose State University.

Anne has produced many commissions, has had nearly 40 one person shows, done two public art pieces, exhibited in Japan, Taiwan, United States, El Salvador, Spain, Germany, New Zealand, and Cook Islands.

In 1996 she traveled to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where she painted and wove. In 1999, The State of Minnesota Percentage for Arts Program for Wawona State University commissioned her to weave a diptych that was 5 ft. high by 24 ft. wide each, titled “The River and Prairie.” In 2004, she received an artist fellowship to New Pacific Studio in New Zealand for three months where she had a show at the Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts Gallery in Palmerston North. She exhibited the watercolors, weavings, and silk panels that she produced during her residency. She also lectured at museums and local art groups.

At the present, Anne is preparing for an art show in Spain at the Museo MARCA in Cacabelos, on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. She also has a commission that she is preparing for a client in Half Moon Bay called, “Sand, Surf and Sky.” This will be a triptych 10’6” high and 56” wide. We were shown the thirty foot long work table where the threads are dyed and organized to produce this work. The warp, or threads that hold the weaving, will be put on three side by side looms.

Anne showed us the drawings that she prepared to illustrate the future appearance of the piece. We also saw and touched the hand-dyed yarns and fibers that she would use.

It was an amazing day and we want to thank Anne for sharing so much with us.

Additional photographs, courtesy Rozanne Hermelyn.