Gayle Erbe-Hamlin was born in South Dakota to a GI farmer and a Dutch war bride. She moved to California in 1952. Even though she had traveled all over the world, she has always considered herself a Westerner at heart having also lived in Washington and now Oregon. Her life has been an eclectic mix of entrepreneurship, scientist, and public servant. She has spent many weeks backpacking and traveling in the Sierras, Great Basin and Southwest. With her husband, she has twice transformed old barns into their home. Currently, the barn she lives in is in the Applegate Valley in Southern Oregon where she works in multimedia. She is a proud member of the Fiber Arts Collective in Ashland, Oregon. Recently, her work has focused on exploring the use of fiber and clay to create a tactile sense of time and place.