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Amy Nguyen

"I am inspired by the rhythm and movement of textiles around us, by how a rectangular piece of cloth can be reconfigured to accent the natural curves of the human form in the same way that sleek, modern architecture can highlight a natural landscape."

As with intricately folded origami, Amy Nguyen begins each piece by folding or pleating a rectangular section of white cloth. She stitches and manipulates the fabric through the dyeing process until deep, rich color and layers of texture unfold. Detailed machine stitching reveals additional subtle texture and dimension. In the same way that unpredictable beauty emerges from the ordered law of nature, so her craft culminates in a process involving both planned manipulation and the element of chance. The excitement of working in this way--delving into an element of unknown nature--pushes her further.