Gwendolyn Studio

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Boulder, Colorado - Childhood
Growing up in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, I developed an early love for forests, streams and birds. Learning sewing, embroidery, knitting and basketry from my mother and grandmother, I also loved painting alongside my grandmother in her studio.

Tailor Shop, Nebraska - 1995-2003 - Master Tailor
A 2-year apprenticeship with Valdene Mintzmyer gave me to tailoring skills to help 3,500+ clients meet their fit and design needs. Running a shop in Lincoln's Haymarket taught me so much.

University of Nebraska and Kansas State University - 2001-2006 - Graduate School
Master's work in quilt studies and dye chemistry prepared me to study historical artifacts and identify and use both natural and synthetic dyes. My doctoral work focused on product development for organic textiles.

Texas State University of Nebraska - 2006-Present - Professor of Textiles
I use textiles to teach science to people who think they don't like it. My research focuses on the wool supply chain, working with farmers and designers to increase the supply of beautiful, locally produced wool. I use dyes and pigments to dye yarns and fibers for knitting and felting projects with my students. 

Mermaid Paintings

I jumped into silk painting by designing this special mermaid motif to feature on silk scarves at the San Marcos Mermaid Festival. The scarves are now for sale here and at my Facebook site. 
  • Dr Hustvedt gave me a lifelong love of textiles.
    Krista Murphy
  • The beautiful mermaid painting receives comments from all my guests.
    Sally Kelly
  • Owen truly listened to everything about my lifestyle and preferences. I have never felt more confident!
    Anna Fernandez

I can design your a special textile that will speak to the beauty of your space and to your values.

Contact Me

(512) 590-2122

San Marco

Where You Can Find Me

I am most inspired by the San Marcos River. Bubbling up from the Edwards Aquifer at a balmy 72F (22C) this beautiful and ancient water provides home to 7 endangered species and daily swimming.