Friday, April 15, 2011

Featured Artist: Andy Vasquez

During the seven weeks of 'Daily Fiber Intake' we'll focus on individual artists here on our blog. Every week, several artists will be featured. Today, we're pleased to introduce to you: Andy Vasquez.
"Tee Chair"

It is said that furniture creates the set for the on-going play we live out. I believe as a furniture maker it is important to be constantly experimenting with different forms and materials to adjust to the “play” as the plot changes.
"Tee Chair" Detail 1

With Tee Chair, I set out to go about upholstery in a way that used recycled materials, as well as related more closely to the potential users of the chair. Tee shirts seemed like a sensible material to use with this chair being that they are often discarded, easily available, and have a character of their own. Using the graphics of the shirt became important as a way to show the tee shirts’ past stories beyond just their color.  Tee Chair is a functional chair, that provides comfort through the fabric’s softness, and visual interest through their arrangement.

"Tee Chair" Detail 2

1 comment:

  1. Love what you did, Andy. I agree that it's a great excercise to get "out of our boxes" and experiment with different materials and ways of working. I recently had this challenge using Habitat for Humanity salvage items. Results can be seen at The results will be auctioned off to raise money for Habitat.