Windy Chien makes art that activates space and crafts objects that elevate the daily rituals of life. She is best known for her 2016 work, The Year of Knots, in which she learned a new knot every day for a year. Her work ranges in size from a knot that can fit in the palm of a child's hand to majestic, room-sized installations. Following long careers at Apple and in the music industry, she launched her studio in 2015. Chien’s book about her creative pursuits and the Year of Knots will be published by Abrams in 2019.
I’m a Chinese-American woman who grew up a US Army “brat” and lived all over the country, including a decade in Hawaii. Due to my ethnicity, love of fringe culture such as punk rock, and uncommonly audacious attitude towards life, I’ve always felt like an outsider. Indeed, I’ve embraced outsider status as a means to self-define, rather than let the world tell me who to be. My passion is firmly focused at the intersection of art, design and tech. In addition to full-time art making, I consult for iOS app developers and consider virtual reality and video games to be two of the most exciting art forms of the moment.