Dobree Adams

Dobree Adams was born in Greenville, Mississippi, and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. A graduate of Wellesley College, she left a successful career in the scientific field to raise sheep and begin a second career as a weaver. She is recognized as one of Kentucky’s major contemporary fiber artists, weaves one-of-a-kind rugs and tapestries from her handspun yarns. She spins and dyes the wool from a rare breed of sheep, the Lincoln Longwool, an old British breed renowned for the curl, lustre, strength, and length of its wool.

Through the years she has taken hundreds of photographs, primarily as 35mm color slides, to record the images she has gathered, at home on the farm as well as in her travels. Photography has been a tool for her and this body of work a photo journal. These slides have rarely been used in the design process, but rather to demonstrate the influences behind her woven work. In her slide lectures she has brought together images of her weavings and images of the landscape, but it was not until 2003 that she first exhibited her photographic work. She is now committed to working both in fiber and photography.

Dobree Adams, who has had exhibitions of her weavings in New York and Japan, has work in public and private collections in Japan, England, France, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and the United States. In Kentucky, her weavings are included in the collections of Brown-Forman Corporation, the University of Kentucky Art Museum, and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.

She is an Exhibiting Member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen in spinning, dyeing, weaving, and color digital photography.