Spotlight On: Liz Gamberg Studio

Seattle, Washington

After three decades working as a math teacher, ceramicist and collage artist, Liz Gamberg took what she calls “the leap of faith.” As she puts it, “I was interested in rugs and just wanted to see what would happen.” What happened was everyone who saw her hand-knotted Tibetan wool rugs wanted to buy them.

Working in ceramics and collage, Liz had total control of the process. As a rug designer, however, she had to relinquish some of that control. Her first concern, she says, was to make sure this new work “did no harm.” Aligning with GoodWeave® assured her of that.

Liz says the transition from clay to wool was otherwise easy. Her designs and patterns are inspired by indigenous arts and by nature. She was excited to find that images from her ceramics—birds, leaves, vines and fruit—worked well in the new medium. Though she finds rugs more intricate, she says that whether creating serving platters or carpets, she is offering people beauty in the objects of daily life. The pleasure of making rugs, she says, is that rugs, as opposed to platters, have a larger sphere of influence in the home. “A rug is a big statement,” she says.

As for her other concern about handing off some of the artistic control, Liz was thrilled to realize that with each new design, she discovered some delightful, yet unexpected, element. “Collaborating with the weavers, I am forced to surrender to joyous surprise,” says Liz.

Partnering with GoodWeave is a way to fulfill her responsibility to the weavers whose work gives her so much pleasure, Liz adds. “It’s just the right thing to do.”

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