Eleanor Anderson is a current MFA candidate in the Fibers Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. She works across a broad range of media including ceramics, textiles, prints and collage. She has been a Core Fellow at Penland School of Crafts, as well as the Design Fellow at Colorado College. She has had residencies at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY, The Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY, Studio Kura, Japan, and Praxis Fiber Studio.
Through my art, I engage in worldmaking through the process of play and material-errantry. My form of worldmaking uses craft traditions as a flexible constraint; I collaborate with materials and colors to achieve a coherence and consistency finely attuned to my intuitive judgment. I look for openings in the making process where I can ply confident imperfections and deviations, subverting fixed expectations of the tradition or technique at hand. I often use bright colors and repeating patterns as a way of injecting each project with evidence of the exuberant aliveness I feel when making art. My practice seeks to alleviate daily doldrums and spiritless ways of living - instead, transforming objects and spaces into paratelic experiences. I give these works to the viewer as an optimistic nudge towards joy, connection and a playful awareness of how the larger world could be.