Dobree Adams, recognized as one of Kentucky's major contemporary fiber artists, weaves one-of-a-kind rugs and tapestries from her hand spun yarns. She spins and dyes the wool from a rare breed renowned for the curl, lustre, strength, and length of its wool. She uses hand spun yarns in the many natural colors to black, as well as dyed yarns that are painted but hand in the skein before weaving.
Through the years she has taken hundreds of photographs, primarily as 35mm color slides, to record the images she has gathered, at home on the farm as well as in her travels. These slides have rarely been used in the design process, but rather to demonstrate the influences behind her woven work. In her slide lectures she has brought together images of her weavings and images of the landscape, but it was not until 2003 that she first exhibited her photographic work. She is now committed to working in photography as well as in fiber.
Dobree Adams, who has had exhibitions of her weavings in New York and Japan, has work in public and private collections in Japan, England, France Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and the United States. In Kentucky, her weavings are included in the collections of the University Art Museum, Brown-Forman Corporation, and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.
Dobree Adams and her husband, Jonathan Greene, live on the Kentucky River farm north of Frankfort.
Penland dyeing and weaving
Even though I had woven a number of pieces, I had never done a body of work