There's no denying the positive, feel-good vibes at artist Windy Chien's studio. I felt it almost immediately upon stepping into her creative space, where an entire year's worth of handmade knots cover the walls, in-progress architectural macramé art suspends from racks and piles of rope spill over a plethora of baskets. And upon learning more about Windy's background and her passion for her craft, I found myself walking out of her San Francisco studio on an inspirational high. Her story is fascinating. After working in the music record industry for 14 years, starting in the 90s, Windy left to start a career at Apple to help develop products for iTunes. Over time, she began to feel the urge to nurture her own creativity. So she left her corporate job and pursued her love of woodworking and macramé and thus began her next chapter, as a woodworker and fiber artist. In 2016, she committed herself to creating a knot everyday for 365 days - an impressive challenge she completed over the span of a year and has on display in her studio, which now doubles as a handy reference guide. Today, she's focusing mostly on large scale macramé projects, some of which have been commissioned by private residences, hotels and restaurants all over the country, and is continuing to teach herself different knotting patterns and techniques. The level of curiosity and intuition she's driven by is admirable and inspiring. So pure and unadulterated . . . a true artist, indeed.
What are you currently inspired by?
What can't you live without?
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What advice do you have to give to anyone who wants to pursue an artistic path?
Make sure you love every part of the process of the thing that you do. If you only love the end result, but dislike the process of getting there, you’re not going to want to do it every day. Pursue the things you love to do relentlessly, and one day you’ll realize your life is want you always wanted it to be.
What's in store for you in 2018?
I’m finishing a book manuscript about the Year of Knots, traveling to France to meet my favorite artist Janet Echelman, and debuting a new body of work at National Geographic headquarters in Washington DC.
photography by Andrea Posadas for HonestlyWTF