Rita Gekht

"My tapestries are truly paintings in wool, all based on my original designs and executed with excellent craftsmanship and love for this beautiful medium."

In designing for tapestries, Rita Gekht is often drawn to architecture—that marvelous creation of human mind and eye, the intricate relation of a line, a shape and structure. There are many technical similarities between constructing a structure and weaving a tapestry: layering shapes together, interconnecting them for strength, finding that perfect balance of verticals and horizontals.

Gekht creates one of-a-kind tapestries from her original watercolor and pencil designs. To ensure excellence in her work, she uses the finest quality yarns, and she hand dyes most of them to achieve the variations in color and value found in the original designs. She primarily uses traditional tapestry techniques.

Rita Gekht was first introduced to tapestry weaving while attending New York University. Her teacher and mentor, Michelle Lester, invited Gekht to join her studio, where she oversaw all tapestry production in the late 1980s. Gekht also attended Parsons School of Design, The Art Students League of New York, and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She currently creates her tapestries at her studio in Lambertville, New Jersey.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Fiber, Fashion and Fabric, New Hope, Bucks County, PA, New Hope Art Center , 2017
New Directions in Tapestry, Princeton Nj, UJB Financial Corp, 1992
Contemporary Tapestry and Fiber Art, Trenton Nj, Trenton City Museum, 1991
The Fabric of Life, Boston, Ma, The Society of Arts in Crafts, 1991
Southwestern Bell Technology Resources, Mo, Mo, 1998
Caterpillar, Mo, Mo, 1990
Matrix Resources Ltd., Los Angeles, Ca, 1991
Lincoln-Murcury Dealers, Medford, NY, 1991