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At Gatewood: What a design we weave

022713Feature_GatewoodUNCG’s Claudia Aguilera, an Interior Architecture master’s student from El Salvador on a Fulbright Scholarship, installed her thesis exhibition “Decoding Crafts” this week at UNCG’s Gatewood Studio Lobby.

If you have interest in the art of weaving, stop in for a moment. If you don’t have an interest in weaving, you might quickly find that you do.

The light fixtures are woven from designed recyclable strips. So are the stools, from designed cardboard. (You can put one together if you’d like.) She explains the forms, which are inspired by traditional woven Petate rugs, through a series of diagrams, posters and prototypes.

It’s all an analysis of cultural referents from El Salvador and the industry manufacturing process. The older meets the newer. Handcrafted meets mass-produced.

A very compelling thesis design work.

The exhibition comes down at the end of this week. If you’re near the Gatewood Building on Highland, stop in, read and learn about her inspiration for the design. And take a moment to absorb the creative thinking.

By Mike Harris