As makers in the world today, we are drowning in choices, materials, and images that have been severed from their contexts, their histories. As we pull our materials from the void, so we return them to the void. What we briefly had use for becomes detritus in our wasteland. I look to traditions to guide me from this detachment. Through weaving, sewing, unraveling, and mending, I tell stories of each part of a cloth’s life. The cloth, in turn, connects me to my histories—that of my family, my cultures, and my community. As each piece of string can be rewoven, each scrap of cloth can find a new home. What was once discarded becomes building blocks in another life, connecting what is to what once was. The reworking is a retelling of a continuous story.
Born in Nagano, Japan and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Luca is a Fiber artist. She earned her BFA in Fiber Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She approaches this complicated world through her love of learning and her vantage point of two dissonant cultures. Her three favorite things are her cats, gardening, and hanging out with her brother.