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Occupation: Textile designer and artist
Studio location: Gowanus, Brooklyn
Describe what you make: I make textile artworks for exhibition and commission, and textile designs for architectural installation in site-specific projects. My work is mostly woven-based.
The most important thing you’ve designed to date: This is a difficult question. I always try to put a hundred percent of my self into each work and each project, so they are, in some ways, all important to me.
All of my work starts on the handloom in my studio. I weave large-scale artworks there and also collaborate with mills, especially on design projects with a high volume of yardage. It is very important for me to keep the legacy of the hand, even if work is manufactured in the mill. So one of the challenges is designing the work so it is possible for a mill to manufacture it at the quantity and scale needed for a project.
One example is an important project that involved a combination of weaving and macramé, which is very different than weaving. I developed a technique in the studio and then needed to pass on the technique to the mill. This type of transfer is an important part of the work. I enjoy collaborating with craftspeople and specialists all over the world.
The problem your work solves: To keep the legacy of the hand even if something is manufactured at a mill. Another problem—which for me is not really a problem but the beauty of the process and work—is to experiment with the capacity of woven structures and materials to convey what I am trying to express through the work.
What you are working on now: One of the projects I am working on is an artwork composed of four hanging panels commissioned by Richard Meier. It is for a public space in a residential tower in Taipei designed by the firm. The work will be installed in February 2018, when the building is completed.
A new or forthcoming project we should know about: I am preparing for an exhibition in Japan called “Hand Memory” (running from October 6 to 20 at the gallery Artheque at Tama Art University in Tokyo). This project involves revitalizing bast fiber materials that have been little-used or forgotten in Japan. I am collaborating on this with a bast fiber research and development team in Japan. My pieces woven with the bast fiber kuzu will be exhibited.