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  • New York

Basket weaving and twining techniques are forms of craft that have been passed down from mother to daughter through generations. In this collection, I explore the interconnection of jewelry and weaving as a way to localize this unique intersection of history, craft, tradition and lineage.

Each woven basket creation crafts itself around empty space with both pattern and freedom, yielding to the dictates and flexibility of the material, and the impulse of my human hand. The soft pliable fibers demand attention, receptivity, adaptability, and responsivity. Hollow, lightweight and idiosyncratic pieces provide a connection to both tradition and innovation, in a way that compliments the body.

Hidden jewels, such as gems, driftwood, pearls, lavender, dried beans, fragrant dried flowers and shells, have been placed in the internal spaces of each piece, encapsulated by woven fibers. They may not be visible, yet they are there, representing the hidden gems within the miracle of simply being.

I aspire to continually surrender to the process itself. Each piece evolves me towards the next.

Maya Rose Weiss began experimenting with weaving, knitting, crocheting and braiding, while growing up in New York State. She has always been captivated by the natural world, and deeply inspired by the alchemy of fibers, intention and the human hand. Drawn to those traditions handed down from mother to daughter, over the course of generations, she seeks to expose the reverence and mystery embedded in hand-made, intuitive forms woven around empty space.

Maya Rose Weiss graduated with Highest Academic Honors and Outstanding Merit from Pratt Institute in May 2018 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Jewelry Design. She exhibited her Jewelry collection (Yayaand) in the Pratt BFA Thesis Jewelry Show in March 2018, and was awarded 3rd Prize sponsored by Rekha-Leigh Punch. Maya has exhibited her work at Wanted Design NYC as well as the Pratt Admissions Gallery.

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.