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 a Polish-American artist and designer working interdisciplinarily with textiles, social practice, printmaking, and design. She is influenced by movements for social justice and collectivity, domesticity and womens work, and folk arts and crafts. She received her MFA in Social Practice from California College of the Arts, and her BFA in Communication Design from Carnegie Mellon University. She has led textile-based projects in Łódż (Poland), Berlin (Germany), and with many California art institutions including High Desert Test Sites (Joshua Tree), Berkeley Art Museum (Berkeley), and Southern Exposure (San Francisco). She recently completed a Fulbright Grant to Poland, where she researched radical textiles from the time of Poland’s occupation in the 1960-80s. She is currently developing several participatory, web-based, and surface design projects. She is based in Berlin.

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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