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Allyce Wood

Glimmering Code

Allyce Wood explores concepts of legacy and information sharing within the flexible medium of tapestry.

Allyce Wood. Modulated Surface, 2021. Cotton and wool handwoven digital jacquard tapestry. 41 x 42 inches
  • November 2 - December 7, 2023
  • Opening: Thursday, November 2, 6:00 — 8:00pm

Workshop: Thursday, November 9, 11:00am

Closing: Thursday, December 7, 6:00 — 8:00pm

The history of textile production stretches back to the earliest stages of human social and cultural development. Woven fabrics have long been used to provide valuable visual cues and celebrate specific cultural groups because of their pragmatic, tactile, and expressive nature.

Glimmering Code considers the relationship between traditional textile making and the boundless potential of computer-aided production, where manual labor and machine language overlap. Through deliberate use of inherited patterns and vocabularies–as well as calculated fiber selections–Wood tells stories of hands at work and showcases tapestries that celebrate our shared past and collective future. Her abstract images of lit flames, arching vistas, and portals reveal intricate personal connections and a longstanding collaboration with code-driven machines. The intrinsic warmth of cloth contributes to a sense of familiarity and optimism.

Wood considers public engagement a vital part of her practice. She will provide a free, participatory weaving demonstration on Thursday, November 9th at 11:00 am.

About the Artist

Allyce Wood is an artist based in Seattle who uses a variety of digital and handmade processes to make works on paper, installations, and textiles. To her, the loom acts as a mediator between traditional and computerized technologies, offering a way to combine online and offline experiences in cotton and wool. Wood received her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in 2010 and her MFA from Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo in 2018. She has been artist in residence at the Mary Olson Farm in Auburn, WA, Praxis Fiber Workshop in Cleveland, OH, and the Icelandic Textile Center in Blönduós, Iceland. Recent solo exhibitions include Shirtsleeves & Ribbons at the White River Valley Museum, Soft Systems at The Vestibule, and Daylights with Shunpike Storefronts. She is the gracious recipient of a 4Culture Art Projects grant, a 1-year Artist Grant from Bildende Kunstneres Hjelpefond, the Diversestipend for Nyutdannede Kunstnere via Arts Council Norway, and Artist Trust’s GAP Grant. She has been commissioned to create large-scale public artworks with the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, the City of Edmonds, Sound Transit, and others.