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Episode #162: Windy Chien

Craft Industry Alliance

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast, we’re talking about fostering creativity through daily practice with my guest Windy Chien. Windy Chien is best known for her 2016 work, The Year Of Knots, in which she learned a new knot every day for a year. Her work ranges in size from a knot that can fit in the palm of a child's hand to majestic, room-sized installations that are sought after by private collectors. Following long careers at Apple and as the owner of legendary music shop Aquarius Records, she launched her studio in 2015. Select clients include IBM, the National Geographic Society, and the Kering Group, and her work has been covered by Wired, The New York Times and Martha Stewart. Windy’s book about her work was published by Abrams in 2019. +++++ This episode is sponsored by Search Press. Find your new craft in 2020 and use code NEWCRAFT for a 30% discount on Search Press books on our website, www.searchpressusa.com.  See Search Press books in your local fiber arts and craft store or view our whole catalog at Search Press North America. Search Press books are sold through Sommer Street and are available at industry events. +++++ To get the full show notes for this episode visit Craft Industry Alliance where you can learn more about becoming a member of our supportive trade association. Strengthen your creative business, stay up to date on industry news, and build connections with forward-thinking craft professionals. Join today.

59mins

3 Feb 2020

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Windy Chien: The Year Of Knots

Style Matters

Windy Chien is an artist with several past lives which means she's one of those people you can relate to because her path in life hasn't been a straight line.  She's done many things, tried many things, had ups and downs, all before landing where she is today.  And speaking of straight lines, her medium as an artist has everything to do with lines... and more specifically, with the knots she creates out of those lines.  Windy Chen has just come out with a book, The Year Of Knots, detailing her 365 day long project where she challenged herself to learn and perfect one new knot a day and record her progress on Instagram.  I was blown away by the end result when I saw a video of her final art installation.  

37mins

28 Oct 2019

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Windy Chien - On finding fiber and building upon her Year of Knots

The Fiber Artist Podcast with Cindy Bokser

In Episode 14, from record store owner to knot expert, Windy Chien opens up about how she found fiber and a new path through her daily knotting practice.  Hosted by Cindy Bokser of Niroma Studio. Instagram: @windychien Web: http://www.windychien.com/ Video: https://niromastudio.com/pages/the-fiber-artist-podcast More on Niroma Studio here:  https://niromastudio.com

58mins

19 May 2019

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#The100DayProject with Windy Chien

#The100DayProject: Explore Your Creativity

Windy Chien is best known for her 2016 work, The Year Of Knots, in which she learned a new knot every day for a year. Her work ranges in size from a knot that can fit in the palm of a child's hand to majestic, room-sized installations that are sought after by private collectors. Following long careers at Apple and in the music industry, she launched her studio in 2015. Select clients include IBM, the Four Seasons, and the National Geographic Society, and her work has been covered by Wired, The New York Times and Martha Stewart. In 2017, Facebook acquired an edition of The Year of Knots. Windy’s book about her work will be published by Abrams in 2019.  In this episode, Windy and Lindsay talk about what makes a good long-form project, how to define success for yourself and your project, and more.  This podcast is sponsored by Going Graphic. Going Graphic specializes in logo design, print design, and marketing including social media management, email marketing, blog writing, and more. For a free consultation, visit goinggraphic.com and mention #The100DayProject.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the100dayproject/support

27mins

22 Apr 2019

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Fiber Artist Windy Chien: Untangling life through knots

7x7 Bay Area: People Will Talk

A recovering Apple employee and former owner of San Francisco's Aquarius Records, Windy Chien is now fully and unapologetically exploring her creativity as a full-time artist, transforming rope into mesmerizing art installations that both honor and elevate the utility of the material. It all started with a humble personal exercise in 2016: the now-iconic Year of Knots, in which she learned how to make a new knot each day. Many momentous accomplishments have surfaced in its wake: Chien recently exhibited at Art Basel Miami Beach and created a rope installation at National Geographic HQ in Washington, DC. Look for her forthcoming book, from Abrams, later this year.

48mins

8 Jan 2019

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Windy Chien talks Process, Reinventing Yourself, and Giving Your Work Every Chance for Success

Beyond the Studio - A Podcast for Artists

Hear more from Windy on putting her own creativity first, getting her work seen and in front of the right audience, and how she’s continually reinvented her life from owning a record store in San Francisco, to working at Apple, to making a living through her art. beyondthestudiopodcast@gmail.com beyondthe.studio Artwork Archive Patreon Intro/Ad Music by: Suahn Album Artwork by: David Colson

1hr 10mins

20 Dec 2018

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LIVE From SF: Building Community + Self Confidence with Shakirah Simley, Reem Assil, Windy Chien and Esmé Weijun Wang

Good Company

LIVE from our San Francisco launch party at Books Inc, Shakirah Simley, Reem Assil, Windy Chien and Esmé Weijun Wang talk about imposter syndrome, building community, overcoming fear and giving yourself time to feel and learn from failure. Thank you to Books Inc for hosting our event! You can visit Shakirah online here. You can visit Reem online here. You can visit Windy online here. You can visit Esmé online here. Visit Good Company Magazine and find a copy near you at www.welcometogoodcompany.com or on Instagram at @goodcompanyzine Theme music by Lame Drivers

46mins

2 Dec 2018

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Windy Chien, Fiber Artist and Woodworker

Making Ways: The Art of Music

On this week’s episode, we’re joined by Windy Chien, an artist whose Year of Knots project captured the imaginary of collectors and fans across the world last year. Windy creates beautiful works of art with knots; she’s also known for her macramé helix lights and carved wooden spoons. Windy’s path to life as an artist might be the epitome of what this podcast is all about. Windy moved from Hawaii to San Francisco to study film, ran the historic Aquarius Records store for 14 years, then joined Apple to help manage and grow the iTunes and App stores. On this episode, you’ll hear about Windy’s journey, the cycles of exploration and experimentation that have served her so well as she charts new career paths, and why knots called to her as an artist. Listen in to this episode of Making Ways for a bit of fearless reinvention with Windy Chien.

36mins

6 Oct 2017