Founder and Director
Weaving Hand, LLC, New York, NY, www.weavinghand.com
I am an artist and teacher. I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) in New York City, where I studied textile surface design with a specialization in weaving. In 2007, I founded Weaving Hand, a Brooklyn based studio for children and adults that celebrates the art of hand weaving. In addition, Weaving Hand is a healing arts studio. Weaving Hand facilitates weaving as a creative tool to enhance developmental growth of children and adults with intellectual, emotional and physical disabilities. I am also a resident artist at League Artist Natural Design (LAND) in DUMBO, a studio and gallery that feature work of adult artists living with disabilities. As a former employee of Odegard, I was inspired by the hand-knotted rugs that sustained weaving communities, and raised awareness and respect for the legacy of textile and carpet weaving. Weaving Hand studio focuses on the traditions of countries such as Nepal, Guatemala, Bolivia, Philippines, Japan, Laos, Morocco and Tibet. I exhibited my work around the world, and was the recipient of the Dan River Weaving Award, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Peters Valley Craft Center Art Educator Scholarship.
Weaving Hand works with:
Tibetan and Middle Easter Carpet Weavers, Museum of Arts and Design, Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Children?s Museum of the Arts, Prospect Park Zoo, as well as the League Artists Natural Design (LAND), The League Treatment Center, AHRC ? New York City, The Brooklyn Autism Center. International Rescue Committee, DESGUA ? Economic Development for a Sustainable Guatemala
I am very passionate about weaving, helping communities and the collective communal consciousness.
I work with children and adults with developmental disabilities. I weave with them and it has given me a new meaning to my life.
Weaving is very humble. To start with a long strand of thread and to finish with a piece of cloth. To see a finish product unfold in front of you is a very humbling experience.
Traditions/Textile Arts/Healing Arts
I am a weaver. Weaving is my life that crosses over from textile art form to a healing expression. Future project includes the coordination with the International Rescue Committee to assist women refugees promote continuity of their weaving traditions. By providing a place to weave, the women will have a studio to connect, create and belong.
I am also a backstrap weaver. I work with Mayan Guatemalan weavers in Guatemala and New York. We offer backstrap weaving workshops at the studio. Through the availability of the workshops, we promote the traditions and allow the women financially sustain themselves.
My personal work as a weaver and fiber artist is to bridge the traditional and modern forms of weaving. I highly respect the weaving traditions of cultures and I have embraced them through my personal expression. I weave with wires, hairs and other materials.
My current project is the Corset Series. I weave corsets with different materials. My inspiration is the women?s perception of their bodies - shapes, sizes and colors. But in reality, we are all the same - it is the celebration of our bodies and acceptance. The message is "to love yourself" and to let go of what the media has instilled in our minds of what a perfect body should be.