A new resident of Astoria, Oregon, Gretchen Douglas has been an artist since 1962. Currently she is designing clothing using repurposed fabric including, antique lace, doilies, napkins, tablecloths, dresses and drapes. Her background in costume design has inspired the variety of sewing techniques used to make one- of-a-kind creations.
After obtaining a BFA in Fibers from the University of Oregon, 1985, she worked at the San Francisco Opera as a costume dyer and painter. Later working with local theater groups, she started her own business. In the 1990’s she taught art in the elementary schools throughout Oregon for the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1994, one of her costumes was selected to be on display at the Victorian and Albert Museum in London. Painting large backdrops for rock concerts and speaking tours kept her busy until 2000. In 2016 she created a wall hanging for the Friends of Timberline 40th Anniversary art show at Timberline Lodge. As part of a team, she has worked for 20 years to recreate the historic interior of Timberline Lodge, weaving, sewing and hooking rugs.
Summer of 2017, one of her costumes was on display at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, and another in New York City at the Museum of Art and Design.