Dana Haim is a Colombian-American artist and designer living in Brooklyn. Since studying textiles at RISD, and throughout her master’s program at Central Saint Martins, Haim has been fascinated with the preservation of craft in an increasingly digital age and obsessed with ancient textile processes, culture, and the natural world. As new technology replaces older, more manual systems, Haim believes in the innate beauty and timelessness of creating things by hand. Her inspiration stems from her travels and her dynamic, colorful dreams. Haim explores the world to immerse herself in new local cultures and textile traditions. She develops deep, personal relationships with skilled artisans and partners with them to create modern heirloom products. The result is a collaboration that empowers artisans economically while also preserving their unique cultural heritage.
For Sight Unseen OFFSITE, Haim will present the first rugs and blankets that resulted from a collaboration with artisans in Oaxaca, Mexico. Haim creates original hand drawings and paintings for each pattern that are translated into intricately woven tapestries in geometric patterns. All handmade and naturally dyed, using locally spun wool, these textiles are a more minimalist take on the Zapotec techniques she encountered and fell in love with throughout her travels in Mexico.