Born St. Paul, Minnesota, USA 1981
Lives and works in Portland, Oregon, USA 2001-present

Natalie Novak is a visual artist in Portland, OR.  Working primarily in tapestry, Novak draws from ancient and contemporary weaving techniques to explore color, mythology, folklore, and the (super) natural world.  Currently Novak maintains a dedicated practice at her home studio and teaches this meditative craft to students in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.  


2012-2015 Damascus Fiber Arts School, Tapestry and Navajo-style Weaving

2002-2005 Oregon College of Art and Craft, Painting/Drawing/Book arts

1999-2000 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, Painting/Drawing


2018 In/Finite Body, Woodshop Woodshop, Portland, OR

2016 Rituals, Stumptown, Portland, OR

2015 It's Gonna Be Major (Arcana), Velouria, Seattle, WA

2007 Check Out My Knife Collection (with Thor Drake), The Office, Portland, OR

2006 Last Entry in the Diary of..., Oddball Tattoo, Portland, OR

2005 37 New Paintings and 5 Old Ones, Hi-iH Gallery, Portland, OR


2017 The Modern Craft of Fiber Art, Kat + Maouche, Portland, OR

2017 Willamette Tapestry Artists, Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR

2016 Pacific Time Zone, The Arts Center, Corvallis, OR

2016 Fiber Celebration, Community Creative Center, Fort Collins, CO

2016 Tapestry Unlimited, Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee, WI

2015 Botanica: All things Plant Life, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

2015 All Dressed Up, Latimer Textile Center, Tillamook, OR

2015 Act Like You, Femmepire, Portland, OR

2015 Threads, Smith & Vallee Gallery, Edison, WA

2014 American Tapestry Alliance UNTITLED, Feinstein Gallery, Providence, RI

2011 The One: Motorcycle and Art Exhibition, Portland, OR

2010 Family Quilt, Together Gallery, Portland, OR

2009 Employee of the Month, Bella Faccia, Portland, OR

2003 One Plus One, Motel Gallery, Portland, OR


2018 Sou’Wester, Artist residency & Guest Teacher: Weaving As Meditation

2017 The Weaving Kind Makerie, Guest Panelist & Teacher: Southwestern Weaving Techniques

2017 Koel Magazine, The Woven Path: Natalie Novak

2016 Fiber Celebration, Special Jurors Award

2015 Mirrix Looms, Weaving Ambassador & Guest Teacher

2014 Mollie Makes Magazine, The Anatomy of a Weaving Loom: An Interview with Natalie Novak of Combed Thunder


2014-present Combed Thunder, handwoven tapestries, rugs, adornment & weaving workshops in Portland, OR & beyond

2017-2018 Woodshop Woodshop, gallery & shop in Portland, OR