Reno, Nevada


Hand-dyed Silks

Artist Statement

I am a high desert textile artist.  I dye silk fabrics in my Reno studio.  The beautiful colors of Northern Nevada inspire me.  The lovely subtle colors of the mountains in the distance provide contrast with the vibrant hues in my garden just beyond my studio door.

Each silk scarf is unique.  I mix the color stock solutions, and dye each scarf one at a time using various techniques.  Some colors are applied with a brush using a watercolor style.  Others are Shibori resist dyed.  I love watching the colors flow and find their way on the wet silk.  The finished scarves are washable and colorfast.

I have been designing professionally since 1970.  Inspired by the Navajo weavers, I built my first loom, and set up a weaving studio on a little farm alongside the Truckee River, east of Reno, Nevada.  I wove rugs and saddle blankets for the first few years, and then began designing clothing.  Inspired by the lovely desert colors around me, I dyed the yarns for the fabrics I created.  In 2015, I transitioned from weaving textiles to dyeing silks.

I have a passion for color!  My work has been exhibited in national juried gallery shows, including the American Crafts Council, and sold in shops and galleries throughout the country.


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Recent Shows

  • Rogue Holiday Art Market, Holland Project / 2017
  • High Sierra Artisan Show / 2017
  • David Woodin Holiday Show / 2012-17
  • Summit Sierra Holiday Market / 2012, 2015
  • Nevada Historical Society Holiday Show / 2012
  • Art in the Garden / 2013 - 16
  • Reno Open Studios / 2013, 2016, 2018
  • UUFN Artisan Show / 2013-2017
  • Power of the Purse / 2013, 2016
  • Women, Art & Roe v Wade / 2014-15


    Gallery Exhibits

  • Artists Co-op Gallery  (Reno, NV)
  • Artsy Fartsy Gallery  (Reno, NV)
  • St. Mary's Art Center  (Virginia City, NV)
  • Shephard Fine Arts Gallery (Reno. NV)
  • Sierra Arts Gallery (Reno, NV)
  • Silver State Gallery (Reno, NV)
  • Franktown Corners Gallery (Reno, NV)
  • Incline Craft Gallery (Incline Village, NV)
  • Washoe County Library (Reno, NV)

        Boutiques and Shops

  • Kris (Reno, NV)
  • Blue Banana  (Reno, NV)
  • Zoe at Caesars Tahoe (Stateline, NV)
  • Ron Fritts Gallery,  Madison Avenue  (New York, NY)
  • Handmade (Seattle, WA)


  • Handweavers Guild of America Dye Studio Tour & Presentation / 2018
  • Kate Hanlon, Designer, Colorist Studio / 1970 - present
  • Weaving Instructor / Nevada Museum of Art
  • Kate Hanlon Studio & Craft Gallery /Owner 1986 - 88
  • Judge / Conference of Northern California Handweavers (Sacramento, CA)
  • Taught weaving and yarn dyeing seminars in Nevada and California

Publications Featuring My Designs

  • American Craft   "The Buyers Book of American Crafts  1984
  • Nevada Magazine   "Truckee River Weaver"
  • Reno Magazine   "Craft Shopping in Reno"
  • Sunworld Airlines Magazine  "Craft Shopping in Reno"
  • Reno Gazette Journal:
  • "Magnificent Obsessions"
  • "Whole Nevada Catalog"
  •  "Woven Threads"
  •  "Weaving an Art Career for Herself"
  • Nevada Woman  "Kate Hanlon - The Artist and the Loom
  • PM Magazine, KTVN TV   Kate Hanlon - Weaver                   (775) 787-3956                 Reno, Nevada