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The works exhibited in “Fluid Panel State”, at Andrea Rosen Gallery from September 14 - October 27, 2012, explore the intersection between textiles and painting - both are formal, tactile objects, embedded with a conceptual language that comes from their social history and technical act of making.

These weavings were created by a diverse, highly skilled group of artists and artisans from all over the country – I am hugely indebted to the following contributors, and would like to thank them for their amazing craftsmanship, attention to detail, and tenacity to complete these technically complicated works under tight timeframe and a tremendous amount of pressure.

For more information about these textiles view Cover Series 1, Cover Series 2, AZ Sleep Sack Configurations, and 2012 Summer Personal Panels.

Sheila Shanti
Sheila Shanti is the head weaver for “Fluid Panel State”. Sheila has been weaving for 45 years and currently works from her studio at the Dana Warp Mill in Westbrook, Maine with 60" and 48" production looms to create custom weavings and her own designs. Sheila first learned to weave at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, studying with Olga de Amaral and later earned a BFA in Craft from Philadelphia College of Art. Sheila is fascinated by the interplay of process and materials. Her deep knowledge of fiber, color, techniques, and collaborating with others comes from her many years of warp changes, weaving and explorations. Sheila can be contacted through
Natalie Boyett
Natalie Boyett received an MFA in Fibers from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the owner of The Chicago Weaving School, which she opened in 2004.
Satoko Pettersson
Satoko Pettersson is from Japan and has been weaving since she graduated from HV Skolan in Stockholm Sweden, where she learned a variety of different techniques and materials. She is interested in techniques that create a decorative texture, used for creating cushions, bags and wall decorations. For experiments with color in her accessories, she appreciates the simple, basic patterns. She currently lives in Seattle Washington.
Lynn Pollard
Lynn Pollard's first degree was earned at Duke University in English and psychology and included a year of studio art. She learned to weave through the guild system and continued her textile education at Georgia Tech where she earned a B.A. in textile engineering. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally and has won numerous awards. She has taught in the fiber program at Georgia State University, the John C. Campbell Folk School, local craft centers, and various guilds. In addition to her weaving, she currently works with indigo on paper.
Jeremy Chase Sanders
Jeremy Chase Sanders has Synethesia causing him to see a distinct color associated with every number and letter of the alphabet. He matches yarn to these colors in language to weave cloth that contains coded text. This process allows him to elucidate subtle hierarchies of gender and sexuality embedded in the fabrics we use daily. He became interested in cloth's ability to communicate through pattern and color after traveling to Bali, where woven designs have specific cultural and religious meanings. Sanders obtained an MFA degree in Textiles from California College of Arts and Crafts in 2006. He has taught textiles at CCA, UC Davis, and City College of San Francisco. Saunders’ fine art textiles have been shown in galleries and museums nationally.
Emma Sawyer
Emma Sawyer graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 with a BFA in studio arts. Her final semester was spent at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland for independent studies. Originally from Seattle, Emma’s first academic art studies took place at Gage Academy of Art. Emma currently interns at the Chicago Weaving School and works as an exhibit preparator for the Chicago History Museum. She continues to work on her personal practice involving painting, drawing, sculpture, and site-specific installation to address the problem of consciousness, history and spirituality.
Gwen Smuda
Gwen Smuda has been weaving at the Chicago Weaving School since Spring of 2011. In addition to studying fiber art, she has worked with Chicago theater and film productions in costume design and wardrobe. She supports her artistic endeavors with a day job as a Research Associate for a software and technology consulting company.
Linda Williams
Linda Williams, was taught to weave at the age of 12 by her grandmother who used the family’s aged hand-made rug loom. Through patience, trial, and error she continued to weave as a hobby throughout her career as a schoolteacher. Once retired, weaving became a second career under the name Country Weaver Designs. Her weaving has transformed everything from rugs to clothing, but she still feels the creative spirit of her grandmother encouraging her to keep experimenting with her weaving.
Emily Frances Winter
Emily Frances Winter currently lives and works in Chicago. She was born in San Francisco, and moved to the Midwest in 2006 to study history at the University of Chicago. After receiving her B.A. in 2010, she began weaving. Emily currently works as a studio assistant at the Chicago Weaving School and at the Envision Arts Studio, a collaborative studio for artists with developmental disabilities.
Rudy Lee Valdez
Rudy Lee Valdez has been weaving for 21 years. He was born into a family of weavers and at the age of 13, Valdez’s father taught him how to craft woven textiles with a loom. Valdez enjoys weaving in the traditional styles of the Chimayo, Rio Grande and Moki. His work has been sold at the Spanish Market in Santa Fe and the Centinela Traditional Arts in Chimayo, New Mexico. The Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe has acquired two of his pieces. In addition, he was featured in the New Mexico Magazine for his weavings.

Karen Gelardi
Karen Gelardi who under the auspices of “New Factories” coordinated the production for “Fluid Panel State”– scouring the greater US and coming up with an incredible roster of weavers. Karen is a Maine-based artist, designer, and producer. Her practice includes drawing, painting, printmaking and the adoption of entrepreneurial and industrial strategies to originate and distribute new works. She received a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and has exhibited her work at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, the Portland Museum of Art, SPACE Gallery, and other venues nationally. She is the recipient of the St. Botolph Foundation fellowship and grants from the Maine Arts Commission. She has worked extensively in the applied arts across many mediums and markets. Her endeavor “New Factories” offers this expertise and point-of-view to select client projects.