Linda Colsh builds her pieced, layered and stitched artworks from the images and ideas that she collects as photographs, drawings and writings. She is known for her images of elderly women and men. Anonymous and invisible to most others, her subjects come from the streets where she finds them. She strips away their context, and reworks them with new narratives and imagined scenarios. Each work begins with blank white or black cloth, which Linda alters with dye, discharge and paint. She works with design software to develop her images for printing by digital or traditional methods. Her process is weighted to designing and preparing content and cloth before the actual stitching together.
An American artist newly returned to Maryland after many years abroad, Colsh has lived in America, Asia and Europe. A lifelong artist with two degrees in Art History, she exhibits in the US and internationally. Recent career highlights were selection to show in Fiber Philadelphia’s Inside/Outside the Box exhibition, the 4th Riga International Textile & Fibre Art Triennial; her Strassen Szenen solo show in Freiburg, Germany; and invitation to exhibit in 3 Artists at Galerie Holtop, Tilburg, the Netherlands and (On)Mogelijke Ontmoetingen at Galerie InVorm, Stevoort, Belgium. She has curated, juried and judged exhibitions throughout the world, including Quilt National 2013, Quilt Nihon 2014 and Visions 2010.
Her work is published and in collections worldwide, including the Collection of John M. Walsh III and Germany’s Nordwolle Textile Museum. Among the awards her artwork has won are the European Quilt Triennial first prize, Nihon Vogue’s Quilts Japan Prize at Visions 2012 and top prize of the Fabric of Legacies Exhibition in Colorado.
Colsh previously, she served two terms as board member and secretary of Studio Art Quilt Associates; and, in addition to her work on several SAQA committees; she was the organization’s first Representative for the Europe/Israel region.