Studio H – Geri Retzlaff

Studio H – 1113 133rd Lane NE – Ham Lake, MN   55304 

I have always loved working with fabric and fiber.  I especially love weaving because it allows me to use my creativity to create useful and attractive items with my hands.  It is quite satisfying to apply ancient techniques to modern machinery, creating pieces much as our ancestors did.  Weaving can be a slow process, allowing my mind to wander and ask “what if I did this or changed that.”  Weaving encompasses endless ways to combine structure, color and texture.   From white on white, to bold colors; from plain weave to complex techniques; from smooth threads to novelty yarns, I never run out of ideas.

I retired from Medtronic, Inc. in 2009 where I worked in finance.  I then joined the arts community with my first studio in the Microbrew Artists Coop in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.   

For ten years I shared a studio in the Q.arma Building with my husband, Larry, who is a visual artist.  Together we make up the Third Life Studio.  Beyond creating and showing our art we hosted and coordinated 35 gallery shows in the Q.arma Building Q1 Gallery featuring over 50 immerging visual artists from the community.  

For the past ten years I have been an active member of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota, The Textile Center, the Complex Weavers, the Rum River Handweavers Guild and have participated in the annual Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) Art-A-Whirl event.  I have exhibited at various artisian events and received numerous ribbons and special awards at the Minnesota State Fair’s Creative Actives annual event.