Artists Studio Tour – Pre-Symposium Tour

Highland Park and Atwater Village, Los Angeles
September 10, 2014

Featured Artists: Christy Matson, Clare Graham, Tanya Aguiñiga, Margaret Wertheim from the Institute for Figuring

Location: Highland Park and Atwater Village, Los Angeles
Limited to 20 participants


Enjoy a day exploring the studios of pre-eminent contemporary artists in the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Highland Park and Atwater Village. We will start the day at the studio of contemporary artist and jacquard weaver Christy Matson.

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Matson will discuss her process and demo her work on the TC2 Jacquard loom. We then continue to Mor York, the gallery and studio of artist Clare Graham. Graham will guide us through his extraordinary collections and the artwork he creates from them. This is a behind-the-scenes peak in conjunction with Graham’s exhibition at the Craft & Folk Art Museum that symposium attendees will visit on Saturday.

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After lunch in this fantastical space we will be joined by Margaret Wertheim from the Institute for Figuring who will present the global Crochet Coral Reef Project and soon-to-be-released book. After lunch we will continue on to the studio of Tanya Aguiñiga, LA-based designer, artist, and founder of Artists Helping Artisans.


Christy Matson is an artist and professor living and working in Los Angeles, CA. She received her her M.F.A. in Textiles from CCA in 2005. Recent exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Arts Houston, The Milwaukee Art Museum, The Knoxville Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR, and The San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design. Matson has been an artist in residence at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, OR, at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago, and Harvestworks Digital Media Arts in New York City. Her work is in the collection of the Smithsonian Museum of Ameican Art’s Renwick Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Craft Portland, OR. She currently teaches in Fiber and 3D media at Cal State University Long Beach.

Tanya Aguiñiga (b. 1978) is a Los Angeles based designer and artist who was raised in Tijuana, Mexico. She holds an MFA in furniture design from Rhode Island School of Design. She created various collaborative installations with the Border Arts Workshop, an artists’ group that engages the languages of activism and community-based public art. She founded the group, Artists Helping Artisans, through which she helps spread knowledge of craft by collaborating with traditional artisans. Her work has been exhibited from Mexico City to Milan. She is a United States Artists Target Fellow in the field of Crafts and Traditional Arts, a GOOD 100 2013 Recipient and has been the subject of a cover article for American Craft Magazine and included in PBS’s Craft in America Series.

Clare Graham (Mor York Gallery) Clare Graham is an artist with a special eye for recycling the castoffs of the modern world. He fills his extraordinary studio with monumental assemblages composed of items he has continuously collected. To quote the LA times article from August 2009 ‘Graham finds inspiration in lowly castoffs and consumer refuse: soda-pop cans, Scrabble tiles, yardsticks, dog tags and jigsaw-puzzle pieces. His mission, he says with a wry grin, is “to awaken people to the potential in garbage.'”

Margaret Wertheim is an internationally noted writer and author of books on the cultural history of physics, including “The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space from Dante to the Internet”” and “Physics on the Fringe”, about the geniuses, mavericks and outsiders who invent alternative theories of the universe. Wertheim is the founding director of the Institute For Figuring, a Los Angeles based organization devoted to the poetic and aesthetic dimensions of science and mathematics. In its work at the intersection of science and art, the IFF has curated exhibitions for museums and galleries around the world including the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Art Center College of Design, the Hayward Gallery, and the Smithsonian.In its practice, the IFF pioneers creative new methods for engaging the public about scientific issues by putting people and communities at the core.

This is a pre-symposium workshop. To register you will first need to register for TSA’s biennial symposium in Los Angeles.