Kristina Nobleman

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Kristina Nobleman | St Helena, CA

Do you have a secret swimming hole (or favorite)? tell us about it.
There’s a very secluded little cove on the shores of Lake Tahoe that I LOVE to sneak off to. I’ve been going there since I was a kid. You hike through a beautiful pine forest to get there & since it’s clothing optional, there usually aren’t too many people. Swimming in the cold water amongst the lake’s ancient boulders is magical.

What is your go-to picnic fare?
Champagne & potato chips followed by a nice Victoria Sponge cake made by my son & husband.

Describe your dream summer ootd (outfit of the day).
My dream summer outfit would be a custom dress by Alabama Chanin, whose beautiful work I have admired for many years. (Sigh!) Instead, I’ll be wearing one of the gauzy, handwoven huipiles I got in Oaxaca last Fall.

Desert Island music?
I couldn’t live without my old jazz tunes – Billie Holiday, Ethel Waters, Django Reinhardt, Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, Dave Brubeck & Sarah Vaughan to name a few…

What reading material clutters your nightstand?
My nightstand is stacked with old fiber arts & crafts books from the library, a guide to essential oils and the book I’ve just started, The Courage to Create by Rollo May. This summer I’m planning on reading 4321 by Paul Auster, one of my favorite authors.

What’s got you on your soapbox lately?
I’m deeply concerned about the loss of arts funding for our schools (not to mention for The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.) Through the work I have done as an arts educator at Textile Arts Center, New York and at local schools in California, I have seen with my own eyes the transformative power of hands-on art-making! We need publicly funded venues to support creative exploration for our children’s self-actualization, stress-reduction and sense of accomplishment!

Tell us about something you recently learned.
I recently learned that I really enjoy working with industrial power tools! By learning how to use a long arm quilter, which is basically a 12 foot long, power driven sewing machine, I was able to construct my quilted wall hangings and feel like a badass sewing mama!

Current obsession?
Learning and experimenting with natural dyes. I have been using indigo in my work for a while now and never get tired of it, but I’m interested in trying new plant materials – particularly those I can forage myself – since where I live is so abundant with them. The colors from natural dye sources are so special and help me feel connected to nature and to the history of the many cultures who have cultivated these colors throughout the centuries.

Who is your art crush?
Brooklyn artist Abraham McNally. I really love his sculptural work! His use of fiber with wood is so beautiful and inspiring.

Find out more
Instagram: @kristinanobleman