"I only make things that require an extraordinary amount of patience and concentration, these are my most treasured assets. Handmade objects crafted by careful hands and a patient mind are always lovely, and I hope to achieve that in my all my work."
Mackenzie Sala is attracted to pattern, detail, and long hours spent repeating small actions. She is consistently humbled by the breath-taking beauty of one's patience when it is forced out into a tangible object. She hopes to convey a sense of purposefulness and care in her work, and that the exhilaration of wearing "patience" is shared with her client.
Sala has spent many hours teaching her fingers to weave metal into fabric. She incorporates passementerie and American Indian Basketry techniques, as well as inventing her own weaves. Her first works where in silver, but she discovered that weaving stainless steel with the precious metal added a resilience that allowed her to create more delicate designs, maintain structure, and add spring.
Sala's eclectic educational background includes a BFA from Syracuse University, many workshops with well known artists and an apprenticeship with Chris Ploof.