Makeda Made

Makeda Made

About The Artist

Dara Wilson • Los Angeles , CA

I use weaving and other types of manipulation to create dimensional and arresting wall hangings from natural fibers. My work creates space to explore the truths that lie in our stillness. In it I consider the pricelessness of agency in a world overridden with despair. I contemplate our relationship to work, and how we might redefine it. I assert the possibility of clarity, freedom, humor, and joy. And as a disabled queer Black woman, I assert the audacity to claim these for myself.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

I luxuriate in the inviting texture and precious nature of the fiber, all the while meditating on the awesome ecosystem of hands that has brought it to my studio: an animal is hand shorn, fiber is hand dyed in small batches; some handspun, others hand felted. I generally work with natural fibers: wool, silk, cotton, mohair, jute, and raffia. Since most of my pieces are custom, I create them on wooden looms I’ve made myself, or freestanding from a simple wooden dowel. Custom work also mean custom dyes and blends on stainless steel and chestnut combs.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I became a fiber artist because the medium connects me to a larger ecosystem—an animal is hand-shorn, fiber is hand-dyed in small batches; some handspun, others hand-felted. As a disabled, queer Black woman, fiber art restored in me a sense of care, patience, and connection I’d previously lost to corporate burnout and despair. Now, I’m on a mission to help others like me feel the same.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

Custom items