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TextileX Artist Talk With Alyssarhaye Graciano
October 4, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
Join artist Alyssarhaye Graciano as she discusses the relationship between art and mental health.
Join artist Alyssarhaye Graciano as she discusses the relationship between art and mental health by way of her artistic career and the lessons she’s learned along the way, moderated with the owner and Chief String Slinger of Love Fest Fibers, Britt-Marie Alm.
Alyssarhaye Graciano is an artist, author, and arts administrator from San Jose, CA. Around Portland, you might know her as BlackSheepMade, through her 2018 pop-up in Downtown or her corporate and public DIY workshops. Currently, a Communications Manager at a small Art & History Museum in Los Gatos, CA, Alyssarhaye is exploring the juxtaposition between street art and fine art, specifically what separates the two and how an artist develops one’s arsenal of skills to fit into one, or both, categories.
While BlackSheepMade started out with Alyssarhaye hand-producing wearable and utilitarian knits and macramé pieces, she now explores using her fibers as paint. She aims to push her work on a sustainable path to avoid waste and allow herself to build new skills with a material she is already familiar with. Her current focus is to pull from her Mexican and Filipino heritage, but not limit herself to it. Her practice aims to defy labels and allow the tactile and visual language of fiber to help communicate what she learns about herself and her new path.
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