Leah Hershey

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Leah Hershey, who studied handweaving in Norway where she earned a graduate degree in decorative textile design from the University of Oslo, initially put her talents to use designing wearable art that was sold in stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Henri Bendel.

After taking a break to raise a family and pursue a career in higher education that culminated in the development and marketing of teacher education programs at Cornell University and Portland State University, Leah returned to the loom in the Jersey Girl studio built for her a decade ago adjacent to the home she shares with her husband in the Mount Tabor neighborhood of their adopted hometown of Portland, Oregon.

The one-of-a-kind table runners and wall hangings that have become one of her specialties were inspired by reed work she encountered on a visit to Hawaii.

A graduate of Emerson College with a master’s degree from Goddard College, Leah is a member of the Portland Handweavers Guild, which awarded her its 2017 travel grant for a presentation she will give this spring on old and new textile design in Japan.

Skills

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November 30, 2019

Skills

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November 30, 2019