Mike Kelley, Let’s Talk, 1987, glued felt, 240 x 149.8cm
Feral Fabric is the collaborative project of artists Paulina Berczynski and Amanda Walters. We bring forward ideas, conversations, and workshops that combine our interests in textiles, contemporary art, and personal and cultural transformation. Since 2018 we have published Feral Fabric Journal, an online periodic journal that highlights radical textile production in art, activism, and countercultural movements.
We have led textile-based workshops and projects with institutions including Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley Art Center, Southern Exposure’s Youth Advisory Council, and NIAD Art Center. In 2020-2022 Feral Fabric also worked on Story Quilts, a narrative quilting and DIY craft project with unhoused community in the Bay Area. Feral Fabric supports critical thinking about capitalist and socially-normative structures, and promotes inclusion of people and progressive voices and values.
Paulina Berczynski is an artist and designer born in Lodz, Poland. She is influenced by social justice movements, psychedelia, folk arts and a West Coast sensibility as well as Polish aesthetics from the times of the 1970/80s Soviet occupation of Poland. Berczynski maintains a collaborative crafts-based relational project with artist Amanda Walters, and has written about radical textiles for Feral Fabric Journal and Textile: A Journal of Cloth and Culture (based in the UK). She received her MFA in Social Practice from California College of the Arts, and her BFA in Communication Design from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She has led textile-based workshops with California institutions like HIgh Desert Test Sites, Berkeley Art Museum, NIAD Art Center and Southern Exposure.
Amanda Walters is a writer, sculptor, and textile artist from south Florida. Her work explores the strange and well manicured history of her home state, the intersections of landscape and capitalism, social ecology, and the fantasies embedded in tourism. Walters received her MFA in Studio Practice and MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts, and her BFA with emphasis in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Berkeley Art Center, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, San Francisco Arts Commision, and Southern Exposure in San Francisco, among other places.
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