About The Artist
Gabi Nirino • Seattle, WA
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I was born and raised in Argentina. I worked as a textile designer, University Professor and researcher for many years. At certain point I felt the need to leave the industrial work and focus on a more meaningful craft practice. I am a weaver. Weaving opens up the possibility of building a small world almost out of nothing. It is to interrelate and connect: materials, people, ideas. I am concerned about the origin of materials, about what kind of objects do I put in the world.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
The woven pieces are made in a small tapestry loom. The corn husk pieces (Chala, in Quechua language) are woven with the fibers that I obtain by scraping/peeling the leaves by hand in a 2 or 3 steps process, depending of thickness. I work in general with natural fibers, and occasionally with embroidery floss and metallic yarns, when I need to do very small or delicate pieces. For the more recent work with wood I collect branches in the garden or other places when I go for a walk. I carve them, outside and inside. I use different systems to join them: cords, magnets, metallic inserts. Sometimes I also work with bio-composites and biomaterials, created mixing corn husk paste, grass or dirt with different binders. Some of that work is in my website. I found inspiration very often in the material itself. Other times, in literature. Each material has a life of its own. It's like meeting new people or new places: going with a predetermined idea doesn't help. You have to understand them, not expect them to "do" something they don't work for and make the most of what they do.