Weaving on: Lou
Joining us from: Madison, Wisconsin
Tell us about yourself and what led you to the residency?
I graduated this May with my MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Fiber & Materials Studies department. While at SAIC, I had the immense privilege of working on TC-2 looms under the tutelage of (among many others) Melissa Leandro, Kate Smith, and Danielle Andress. My previous background is in photography, and I came to a fibers program specifically to figure out new, tactile ways of rendering photographic content -- because of that and my interest (okay, obsession) with found digital media and certain internet rabbit holes, the TC-2 loom is a wildly invigorating tool.
Have you had any previous experience with Digital Weaving or Jacquard?
Unfortunately, yes -- now I am addicted :)
Any goals for the residency you'd like to share?
I am hoping to continue my series of renderings of Google reCAPTCHA images (the little squares with stoplights, bicycles, etc that you click on to verify you're not a robot when you submit a form on the internet). I screenshot these tiny images and enlarge them into large-scale weavings.
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