Alicia Keys was on the right track: New York is a concrete jungle where lots of things, not just dreams, are made. NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial, an exhibition spotlighting the diverse creative communities from the Bronx to Breezy Point, opens today at the Museum of Art and Design. NYC Makers pulls together 100 inventive and imaginative artisans, designers, and artists all living and working in the Big Apple, exploring their creative processes. Nominated by a pool of over 300 New York City-based cultural leaders and civic figures, the selected participants are the best of the best. Here are i-D’s five favourite NYC Makers.
What do you make and how do you make it?
I try to make my childhood daydreams out of aluminum foil, gaffer tape, smoke and mirrors.
What’s the most unconventional material you’ve worked with? Or, what’s something surprising you’ve produced with a common material?
Gaffer tape is the cornerstone of my practice, it finds its way into almost everything. Fake boxwood hedge is a new simple pleasure. Actually, fake versions of almost anything I like.
What was the first thing you made that you remember being really proud of?
I made clothes for my Princess Leia figurine out of aluminum foil, it was a one shoulder toga dress with a matching turban.
Does New York inform or inspire your work?
Yes, but not necessarily in a self-aware way.
If you could go back in time and help produce anything, what would it be?
Reality TV. It could be better than it is.
Photo: Courtesy of Rafael de Cárdenas / Architecture at Large