Robbie LaFleur, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, has been following a thread of Scandinavian textiles since she studied weaving at Valdres Husflidsskole in Fagernes, Norway in 1977. She has continued her study with Scandinavian instructors at workshops in Norway and the U.S. Recent projects include interpreting Edvard Munch’s “Scream” painting into a variety of textile techniques (see this article in the British Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers) and weaving tapestry portraits of her relatives. She was awarded the Gold Medal in Weaving from the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in 2006. Robbie coordinates the Weavers Guild of Minnesota Scandinavian Weavers Study Group and is the editor and publisher of the quarterly Norwegian Textile Letter.

Artist Statement:

I am a handweaver of contemporary textiles inspired by Scandinavian folk textiles.  The language of my looms is based on centuries-old techniques, learned in weaving school in Norway. The core graphic impact of old folk textiles drives each new weaving, in a search for balance, color and boldness. Even when the planning process is computer-assisted, or a technique is done at a new scale or in unusual materials, I honor the fine craftsmanship of the past.


  1. Dear Robbie LaFleur,
    Hope all is well. I was given your name by the Weaver’s Guild of Minnesota. You are held in high regard! Anyway, my reason for writing is this; had some delicate, hand-woven raanu-style runners my great-grandmother gave to my father then to me destroyed at the dry cleaner. Court has requested expert testimony by the 27th of January; if I send you $200 or so and some snaps could you perform said testimony? Much appreciated.

    Timothy Clinton Alto B.A.

    1. Hello Tim, Could you respond via email? Could you send me photos of the pieces so I could judge whether I have anything to say that would warrant your paying me? Thanks, Robbie

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