Alice Wiese is an emerging textile artist from San Francisco. Wiese received a BFA in Textiles from California College of the Arts in Oakland. Much of her inspiration is drawn from architectural patterns such as wrought iron fences, tiles, and brick. Her work is inspired by themes of grief, loss, change and the process of rebuilding oneself. Her highly repetitive and detailed work is simultaneously chaotic and calming, with currents of order and repetition. Wiese states, “Using only white thread, I experiment with the direction of my stitches, and how the light reacts to the thread, allowing my pieces to be experienced with different levels of dimension.” Travel is at the heart of her work as well, as she has spent time living in Melbourne, Australia and Kyoto, Japan, where she studied traditional Japanese textile techniques. Wiese currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area.
An emerging textiles artist, Wiese’s work focuses on embroidering repetitive patterns in highly detailed, fastidious manner.
Her meticulously constructed canvases are comprised of dissected and reconstructed patterns. The patterns created are at both chaotic and calming with intentional currents of order and repetition. “With my pieces, I am using a traditional textile technique but treating the thread as a drawing implement. Instead of using embroidery as a decorative technique, I use it as an art form, using the thread to draw and create shapes to move the viewer’s eyes in different directions,” explains Wiese.
“It’s fascinating working with a medium in which a new tactile experience is explored. It can create strong connections with its viewers, where transformation finds order in its chaos. Using only white thread, I experiment with the direction of my stitches, focusing on how the light reacts to the thread, allowing my pieces to assume different levels of dimension through the medium,” says Wiese.
2012, Textiles, California College of the Arts, Oakland, Ca
2015 "The Real Is Not Always Ideal", Øgaard Studio, Oakland, Ca
2012 “The Wonder Years” BFA Thesis Show, The Guitar Shop Gallery, Oakland, Ca
2015 "Strike Away Show" Paxton Gate's Curiosities For Kids, San Francisco, Ca
2013 "Innovations In Contemporary Craft" Richmond Art Center, Richmond, Ca
2013 "Summer Pop-Up Shop" Ogaard, Oakland, Ca
2012 “360 Degree Ring Show” South Gallery, Oakland, Ca
2012 “Baccalaureate Exhibition” California College of the Arts, San Francisco, Ca
2010 “International Exchange Student Exhibition” Kyoto Seika University, Kyoto, Japan
2010 “A Paper + Cloth Dream” California College of the Arts, Oakland, Ca
2010 “A Paper + Cloth Dream” Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
2009 “Net Work” Oliver Arts Center, Oakland, Ca
2008 “Launch” Oliver Arts Center, Oakland, Ca
2015 Little Paper Planes
2015 Oakland Art Enthusiast
2013 The Bold Italic
2007 Creative Achievement Award, California College of the Arts, Oakland, Ca
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