seat­tle’s soft­wear of soft­ware

Wild Fibers - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - Pho­tos cour­tesy of Sean Airhart/NBBJ

Jan­ice Arnold col­lab­o­rated with Rysia Suchecka, prin­ci­ple at NBBJ, Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton, to de­sign and build a felted bench and sofa for the re­cep­tion area in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion head­quar­ters in Seat­tle.

they were sit­ting on a re­ally strong felt, but they could reach back and feel the tex­ture of the mo­hair. It was a won­der­ful ad­di­tion to the ex­hi­bi­tion be­cause it was the only thing that you could ac­tu­ally touch.

How did peo­ple re­spond when they were in the Palace Yurt en­vi­ron­ment?

Be­cause felt, as a ma­te­rial, is be­lieved to be the old­est tex­tile tra­di­tion known to hu­mans, it makes sense to me that we

have a ge­netic mem­ory for it.

One of my fa­vorite things was to anony­mously go into the Palace Yurt and hang out and watch peo­ple. Re­gard­less of their age or eco­nomic stature or whether it was the guard or the five-year-old, there was this sense of awe.

The phe­nom­e­nal part was to watch this re­ac­tion and then when they rec­og­nized me—the mu­seum played a video they pro­duced with me in it—and they would start ask­ing ques­tions. Some of them would start to weep. It was re­ally amaz­ing. I still have peo­ple, who will find out that I am the per­son that made the piece, and they don’t re­mem­ber any­thing else about the ex­hi­bi­tion, but they will say, “That was like a spir­i­tual ex­pe­ri­ence.” Peo­ple well-up with tears, and it makes me have the same re­sponse. There was a tremen­dous amount of blood, sweat and tears that went into that ex­hi­bi­tion.

It took on a life of its own that was way be­yond my vi­sion. That’s the beauty of work­ing in a medium where you can in­ter­act with nat­u­ral light. This was the most pop­u­lar show the Cooper-He­witt had ever had. They broke all their at­ten­dance records; they had peo­ple com­ing back four and five times to sit in this space.

Have you ever slept in a yurt?

Yes, I did in Cen­tral Asia. Also, be­cause I was given this amaz­ing studio to test hang the Palace Yurt in Olympia, I have also slept in my own yurt. The night be­fore the Palace Yurt was shipped off, I got my sleep­ing bag out and slept in it.

It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to sleep in my own Palace Yurt. When you are in a tra­di­tional yurt out in the coun­try it is like be­ing in a womb in a sense— ev­ery­thing is quiet. It’s a phe­nom­e­nal ex­pe­ri­ence. It is

wF very, very com­fort­ing.

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