UNCG’s Claudia Aguilera, an Interior Architecture master’s student from El Salvador on a Fulbright Scholarship, installed her thesis exhibition “Decoding Crafts” this week at UNCG’s Gatewood Studio Lobby.

If you have interest in the art of weaving, stop in. If you don’t have an interest in weaving, you might quickly find that you do.

The light fixtures are woven from designed recyclable strips. So are the stools, from designed cardboard. (You can put one together if you’d like.) Aguilera explains the forms, which are inspired by traditional woven Petate rugs, through a series of diagrams, posters and prototypes. It’s all an analysis of cultural referents from El Salvador and the industry manufacturing process. The older meets the newer. Handcrafted meets mass-produced.

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By Mary Robinson