A surface designer, color consultant, studio artist and educator, Linda Gravina Ridings lived in Tuscany for 20 years and was educated at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy, where she received her fine arts degree.
After earning her Masters of Fine Arts in Surface Design, she launched a highly successful ornamental design business, Artemura, which teamed her with nationally recognized interior designers who relied on her sense of color and style to create custom spaces and furnishings.
Linda Gravina Ridings’ design work has appeared in publications such as House Beautiful, British House and Garden, Women’s Wear Daily, Southern Accents, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles and books such as House Beautiful Great Style Series, Nouvel Objet Korea and Fabrications, as well as profiles in The Baltimore Sun, Maryland Life Magazine, Style Magazine and Maryland Public Television’s “Artworks This Week”.
She collaborated with the Manuscript and Rare Books department of the Walter’s Art Museum and Maryland Institute College of Art, conducting a workshop on the Art of Gilding and Illuminated Manuscripts. She has been a workshop leader and educator on subjects as varied as Surface Design, Textile Embellishment and Renaissance Gilding and Painting Techniques since 1989.
Her line of one of a kind, hand painted silk velvets have been selected for the museum store of The Textile Museum in Washington DC, The Maryland Historical Society and Bergdorf Goodman in New York.