As the COVID-19 crisis began, Mia relocated to her father’s 40-year old Airstream caravan, off-grid, in the foothills of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. Without a traditional studio or even running water, Mia improvised methods of textile fabrication that responded to these technical constraints. From natural dyes drawn from nearby plants to mordant liqueurs made with found metals, creative outcomes were inspired, informed, and necessitated by her natural surroundings.
Your Place In The Family Of Things examines the concept of shelter. It explores the ways in which human and animal makers insulate themselves from unfamiliar, even dangerous, environments by framing spaces and building structures. Through a series of functional inquiries and landscape interventions (e.g., patches woven for worn clothing, a nine-metre loom slung between trees, a cocoon-like sleeping pod made from felt), Your Place processes the solitude imposed by a world crisis, and reevaluates humankind’s assumed primacy in the natural order.
Small patches were woven on a handmade loom, to mend worn out clothing; a simple reaction to a tangible need: for comfort, and the worn shelter we create through the application of textile. From there, large-scale “patches” were felted by hand—using water from a nearby creak, boiled over an open fire, and dyed using plants from the surrounding landscape. In its final iteration the collection forms the interior and exterior surfaces of a cocoon-like shelter in a remote mountain meadow.