I first saw the work of Tanya Aguiniga at Felt Club in Los Angeles while shooting for Handmade Nation, so it must of been in 2006-07. Her table stood out from the rest of every one's work, her strong sense of design and unique products were unlike most things at indie craft fairs I had been shooting at.
Skip ahead 4 years and our paths have crossed many times at shows, museums etc and we have become good friends. When out in Los Angeles a few weeks ago Aaron and I had the opportunity to hang out with her for the day. She took us to Clare Graham's studio/gallery and to her friend Baba's weaving shop called "Pets with Fez". Then we had the chance to do a proper studio visit in her two spaces that she works out of.
Tanya's work continues to blow my mind. Her ability to work in a variety of mediums while focusing on textiles is incredible. She even busted out this series of prints that were cotton gauze inked and ran through a press, translating into 3-D looking landscapes. From her accessories to the incredibly labor intensive felted furniture she commissions for designers and galleries- all her work is detail oriented and perfectly executed. I strongly suggest you pick up something she makes while it is still affordable weather it's a wearable item or one of her soft sculptures (and if your ballin' get a piece of her furniture!).
Check out all the photos here.
Visit her website is here.