Anubha Sood’s practice is centered around the sustainable ecology of making that provokes a sentiment addressing our current systems of production and their entanglement with the natural world.
She recently graduated from Parsons with an MFA in Textiles with a focus on sustainability and fiber studies.
Her Thesis project Between Salt and Water focuses on the study of seagrasses and ocean water collected from three oceans and studied through dyeing, weaving, and material softening processes. The focus of this collection of experiments is to observe how the material configures itself to reveal new kinds of information in this case the relationship between our production processes and the natural world. The textile she has created uses fresh seaweed woven into a sculptural form that responds to air over a period of time. When exposed to air the seaweed produces salt crystals on its surface which absorb humidity and prevent it from drying. I see this textile as a living organism that constantly responds to conditions of its immediate environment. Our current systems of production and how they impact the natural world is what motivates her. How can we depart from the general sequence of design that is so strongly tied to functionality and manufacturing processes? For me, it is crucial to intervene in this way of designing. Let the material guide various steps of the process. Let it inform my making both in its raw and processed state - dyeing matter left in the dye bath is used to create paper, softened kelp is used to create yarn, the leftover kelp is used to create lace.The varied processes I employ are cyclical in making and in their return to the earth.