Jennifer Zona deviates from the traditional methods of weaving, but still uses the roots of this ancient craft. Zona will discuss her methods, challenges, and how her use of recycled materials evolved into part of Alternative Grid #1. Alternative Grid #1 is a compilation of lines of sustainably sourced materials that were going to be thrown away. Her colorful textile art is bright, uplifting, and captivates the viewer.
Danny Giancaspro was born into an indigenous culture called Ka-Dong, in Quang Nam, Vietnam. When Giancaspro was six years old, his grandfather, grandmother, mother, and father passed away as the result of a natural disaster, leaving Giancaspro and his seven siblings behind. He was sent to an orphanage for eight years, where he was adopted by an American family. Currently, Giancaspro lives in Kalamazoo, MI, where he graduated from Western Michigan University Bachelors of Fine Art Program with an emphasis in metals/jewelry. Coming from an indigenous culture and speaking multiple languages has helped him generate ideas in jewelry design by observing his surroundings. Giancaspro combines parts of his present environment with his past to recreate his memories in a new way that is shared with the viewer. His work is represented in the KIA permanent collection.
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