World Shibori Network

Celebrating the visual languages of PEOPLE, COMMUNITY, CULTURE, and ENVIRONMENT through the global practice of resist-dye traditions and innovations, keeping in mind authenticity, reciprocity, and networking.

Elin Noble Antonsen

Elin Noble Antonsen
New Bedford, Massachusetts USA


Elin Noble Antonsen was born in Munich, Germany, grew up in the United States, the Far East and Europe, and now resides in the US in New Bedford, Massachusetts. She studied art history in Florence, Italy and has traveled and studied in Japan, India, Turkey, Peru, South Africa, Europe, and Mexico.

Elin is the author of Dyes & Paints: A Hands-On Guide to Coloring Fabric, winner of the 1999 Independent Publisher book award for the best ‘How-To’ book.  She has a BFA in Fiber from the University of Washington.  As former Lab Manager at PRO Chemical & Dye, she has a vast experience and understanding of dyeing.  Elin has appeared on PBS, lectured, and conducted dye and paint workshops across North America as well as internationally.  Her work has been reviewed in Fiberarts, is on the cover of Fine Woodworking Design Book Six, and was included in the traveling exhibition, Fiberart International 2004. She was nominated for the teacher of the year award for 2005 by Professional Quilter magazine.

Elin, on itajime: “The cloth is accordion folded to create a repeat.  Wooden shapes are held on either side of the cloth with spring clamps.  The many complex layers of color and pattern begin to appear after color is removed and another color is put in its place.  With each successive step of adding and subtracting color, the wooden shapes are moved to create another layer of subtle transition.”

EXHIBITIONS (selective)

(upcoming) Solo Retrospective, New Bedford Art Museum, MA 2013

“Quilt National 2o11″ (traveling)

“Shibori Cut Loose,” Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN 2008

“Unfurled: Expressive Cloth,” Hillestad Gallery, University of Nebraska 2007

“NEVER STATIC: Art Cloth,” Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN 2006

Fiberart International, Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Fiberart, Pittsburgh, PA; Museum of Art & Design, NY, NY; Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA 2004

“14th Annual Members’ Exhibition,” Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA 1990

AWARDS (selective)

Nomination, Teacher of the Year by Professional Quilter Magazine, 2006

“Up Close and Far Away,” Second Place, SDA, Kansas City, MO, 2003

Independent Publisher Book Award, Best “How-To”, Dyes & Paint, 1999

PUBLICATIONS (selective)

TV, “Lap Quilting,” University of North Carolina Center, Segment 1104

Book review Dyes & Paints, by Jason Pollen, Surface Design Journal, Spring  1999

Author, Dyes & Paints: a Hands-On Guide to Coloring Fabric, Martingale & Company, Woodinville, WA  1998

Author, “Stopping the Bleach,” Connecting Threads, Martingale & Company, Winter, pp.6-7, 1997

Cover art, Fine Woodworking Design Book 6, Taunton Press, 1996