In the Studio with LA Sculpture and Furniture Designer Tanya AguiñigaAuthor:Lindsey Shook
Some artists communicate through paint on canvas. Others carve their vision into stone. Never one to follow a crowd, Tanya Aguiñiga opts for felt on furniture in order to get her message across.
Aguiñiga—whose career was launched when she ingeniously covered 15 folding chairs with colorful felt—uses the bright colors of Mexico, the country where she grew up, and highly textured materials, such as rope, plastic, wool, and leather, to craft soulful pieces that turn tradition on its head.
Her Atwater Villiage warehouse, nestled among a group of Craftsman bungalows, is a hive of artistic activity. On this particular day, Aguiñiga and a team of interns are busy making made-to-order furniture, rope bracelets and textile art out of 75 shredded Mexican blankets.
The diversity and numbers of projects in play necessitate that all the worktables and tools be on wheels.
“I do everything in here from felting to welding. Right now it’s set up for felting and dyeing, but when it’s time to weld, everything has to be moved out and covered.”
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