Michael F Rohde

After pursuing dual careers in biochemistry and weaving, I left behind a job as director of a biotechnology research lab in 1998 to devote full time to this work. Weaving has been a fervent activity since 1973: initially self-taught with a lap loom and a Sunset Magazine book on hand weaving, but later receiving formal training from a variety of teachers, including Sharon Keech, Libby Platus, Diane Itter, Theo Moorman, Walter Knottingham, Morgan Clifford, Lia Cook, Archie Brennan and Susan Martin Maffei. Formal training in drawing, color and design came from the Alfred Glassel School of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. Over the years, activities included lectures, workshop teaching, juror, show organizer and exhibitor in many local, national and international juried and invited shows.

Recent work has been included in the United States Department of State Art in Embassies Program, an exhibit at the American Craft Museum in New York and the invitational Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland, from Lausanne to Beijing, Houses for Nomads (a solo exhibition in the Janina Monkute-Marks Museum in Lithuania), and the permanent collection at The Arts Institute of Chicago.