Amanda Wood is an interdisciplinary installation artist based in Vancouver. Her work explores chance, pattern and networks in three-dimensional line drawings. She uses natural materials and traditional weaving techniques to create structures that exist somewhere between art and craft.
Beginning with the haptic process of exploring materials, Amanda uses photography, collage and journaling to develop ideas. Her work is concerned with unseen structures, patterns and documentation as a way of starting conversations and witnessing interconnectedness. Research into environment, personal memories and contemporary culture inform her work.
Amanda’s primary medium is weaving. Using traditional weaving techniques and tools within a contemporary framework she pushes the boundaries of her chosen materials. Amanda is fascinated by cloth as a historical document, a marker of growth and connection, and as a means of communication. The versatility and strength of plain weave and natural fibres are often found in her three dimensional structures.
Amanda has a BA in Communications from SFU and a diploma in Textile Art from Capilano University. She is a member of the Canadian Guild of Weavers, the Greater Vancouver Spinners and Weavers Guild, CARFAC and the Craft Council of BC. She was artist-in-residence at Emily Carrr University in 2015 and was the recipient of the Grace Cameron Rogers Memorial Fund awarded by the Craft Council of BC in 2014. Her work has been shown across Canada and has been published multiple times in Uppercase Magazine and in the book Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles.