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Deadline: April 15, 2015
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AIR CYCLE 6
On September 15, 2014, TAC welcomed eight new Artists in Residence. These artists and designers hail from all over the US as well as internationally from Japan, Canada, Greece and Sweden. In addition to being geographically diverse, the new AIR artists epitomize the range and scope of textiles – from jewelry making to weaving, embroidery to screen printing, and natural dyes to heat sensitive fibers.
MEET THE ARTISTS:
Christi Johnson was passed on much of her knowledge of textiles and fibers from her mother and grandmother, learning skills such as batik, quilting, embroidery, and tie dye at home. She received her BFA in Fashion Design from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. This was supplemented with a summer course in Textile Arts at Central St Martins to gain a broader understanding of fiber art. She assisted in the design room for Rozae Nichols in Los Angeles, furthering her knowledge of textile designs as the team created unique and original patterns and fabric manipulation techniques, then spent 4 years designing for a variety of clothing companies under the leadership of John Moore at The Pop Studio, a creative collective with a focus on inspired marketing and branding, before moving to New York City.
Anne-Marie is an alumni of the Interactive Telecommunications Program (TISCH School of Arts) where she researched soft circuitry and conductive materials. She uses a combination of electronics and digital fabrication to create compelling fiber installations that question our relationships to textiles. Her process is towards the tangible, traditional and, sensual and she uses fibers as components in interactive interfaces. She is inspired by the mutually informative histories of textiles and communications, and explores a fiber’s ability to transmit knowledge and emotion through visual and tactile interactions. Her creation process is supported by the emerging artists programs of the Canadian and Quebec Councils for the Arts.
Aimee is a textile artist and designer working and living in Brooklyn, New York. She received her Bachelor degree of Fine Art in fabric design and double minors in Spanish and Philosophy from the University of Georgia. She has designed for several textile companies in New York and Georgia, which provide her with tangible insight into the ever-developing world of sustainable design. Lately, Aimee spends her studio time dying small batches of silk fabric in overly saturated baths. She then hand prints infinitely simple linocut blocks onto their surface in tonally hued colors. She also experiments with painting on dyed silk and is always musing over her next repetitions.
Yoshiyuki Minami traveled from Japan, where he was born and raised, to the U.S. at the age of twenty to pursue his education in Economic Sociology at the University of Michigan. After completing his academic studies, he delved into the world of advertising, working as a graphic designer and art director at Dentsu America and Leo Burnett. After several years of unsatisfying commercial projects he left the field, choosing instead to use his talent and skills as an artist to explore textile arts. Minami recently relocated from Chicago to New York City, to attend the AIR program at Textile Arts Center.
Iris Plaitakis is a fine artist based in Athens, Greece. From automatic drawing in pen and ink, on paper or found objects, to paper/fabric constructions displayed in cabinets as curios, her practice negotiates the boundaries of pattern and explores such notions as the visual experience, intimate space, collecting, how objects are ascribed with meaning as well as the memory inherent in material things. Iris’ background in archaeology and art history informs her engagement with material culture and her interest in diverse decorative traditions. Textiles and textile techniques have always played an important role in her process and more recently she has expanded her practice into designing her own textile prints. As artist in residence at the Textile Arts Center, she will be concentrating on her textile print design and realization on fabric. Iris’ work has been featured in group exhibitions throughout Europe. She has been an educator in museums for the past fifteen years. She is co-founder and co-director of the Athens-based artist-run non-profit organization Lo and Behold.
Alayna comes from a background in geography and archeology. She transitioned to the textile world via quilting maps with the Brooklyn design studio Haptic Lab. Likely the result of growing up in the mountains of Montana, her creative practice is predominantly influenced by western landscapes and earth science. Alayna now lives in Brooklyn where she cooperatively owns and operates a bed & breakfast. Her most recent project is Absorka, a collection of naturally dyed and handwoven clothing.
Emelie Rondahl lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden. She earned an MFA in Textile Art at University of Craft and Design (HDK), University of Gothenburg. Her background also includes two years of studying traditional Swedish weaving.
Hannah Shell Schultz is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology where she earned a BFA in Textile/Surface Design. She has worked as a freelance designer and a specialty screen printing consultant, as well as a screen printing teacher. She is enthusiastic about working with other artists and designers in a collaborative studio environment.