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Chindi Nation: Textile Art by Karenza T. Wall

A blue and orange striped hand-made portfolio bagPortfolio Bag, knitted upholstery cord

Our featured artist today is Karenza T. Wall. This artist specializes in creating one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable and usable textile art. Karenza unofficially calls her body of work Chindi Nation - the Hindi word "chindi" meaning "scraps of fabric". Much of her work is made from various scrap fabric repurposed into something beautiful.


A jewelry set consisting of a choker and bracelet made from black fabric and coloured beadsChoker & Bracelet, knitted cotton and wooden beads

A screen capture of Karenza T. Wall's Chindi Nation art

Karenza makes small purses and jewelry from repurposed materials. The recycled nature of Karenza’s works means that her pieces are often composed of multiple types and colours of fabric, adding extra visual interest. I rather like Karenza’s jewelry, in which she combines techniques such as crochet, embroidery and beadwork to create unique necklaces and bracelets.


Karenza’s artistic practice also involves painting. Her paintings are of abstracted human figures, using bright blocks of colour to convey emotion and a sense of movement. Some of her figures have an almost  cubist sensibility, similar to some of our other painters such as Barry Scanlan.


A painting of a cubist face with tears running down one side of its face2, acrylic on canvas board

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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