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FS20: Building Place, Shaping Identity, Creating Community
Join us in Asheville as we explore how furniture can be used to foster communities, locally and globally, as well as to strengthen the community of furniture making by recognizing a diverse selection of perspectives, cultural backgrounds, and ideas.
We understand that people are concerned about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Until further notice, TFS is considering all options and will have a definitive answer about the conference and details very soon. Please stay tuned for further details in the near future.
Fundamentally, furniture exists to ready a space for occupancy or use. Its mere presence can signal the purpose of a space or invite a particular action. Its material, form, and surface design reveals a lot about how it is meant to be used, who made it, as well as provide a connection with the past, a culture, or idea. Recognizing the essential role that furniture fulfills in daily life and in society-at-large, the field of furniture wields tremendous potential to have a positive impact worldwide.
UNC Asheville and STEAM Studio in Asheville, NC will be our hosts for this year’s annual conference. In an effort to deeply connect with and serve the communities in which we hold our conferences, we are thrilled to re-introduce the Craft for a Greater Good (CGG) workshop through UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio. This year, CGG will be partnering with STEAM Studio to make furniture for BeLoved Asheville, a local non-profit building a micro-home village addressing the housing crisis in Asheville. Read more about the project and location HERE.
Tanya Aguiñiga is a Los Angeles based artist/designer/craftsperson who was raised in Tijuana, Mexico. She holds an MFA in furniture design from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from San Diego State University. In her formative years she created various collaborative installations with the Border Arts Workshop, an artists’ group that engages the languages of activism and community-based public art. Her current work uses craft as a performative medium to generate dialogues about identity, culture and gender while creating community. This approach has helped Museums and non-profits in the United States and Mexico diversify their audiences by connecting marginalized communities through collaboration.
For more information about Tanya, please visit her website at http://www.tanyaaguiniga.com/
Photo Credit: Katie Levine