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Artist of the Week: Tininha Silva

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at gmwynkoop@sbgtv.com. And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!

Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating?
I started my weaving journey in 2017, when I moved from Seattle to the charming town of Port Townsend, WA. I believe that being surrounded and inspired by the sea and other artistic minds contributed to the process of discovery, and perhaps a hidden passion for fibers has always been in me, waiting to emerge.

Do you work with other mediums?
Prior to weaving I designed and worked in the swimwear industry for about 12 years in Seattle. Because of that I developed a massive appreciation for textiles and fashion design. Weaving came to me naturally and once I was exposed to hands-on techniques it felt so fulfilling and therapeutic.

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
For me, the process of weaving is similar to meditation. It's relaxing and liberating, a place where I can embrace imperfections. I like to weave intuitively. Combining colors and textures that makes me tick. Ideas come to me and go. I love exploring abstract shapes of sea life, coral reefs, seaweed, and anemones. I can confidently say that my style is instinctive, highly textured and organic. Sometimes I undo part of my work and do it again until it feels right. I don’t sketch or plan ahead my designs. I usually start with a color pallet in mind from something I saw on a beach walk.. and go from there.

Tell us about where your inspiration for your art come from?
Nature. The sea and underwater elements. Sometimes all it takes is to go for a beach walk. Coming across Seaweed, kelp, jellyfish washed up on the beach, sand and driftwood..all those elements, textures, colors, contrasts and shapes tend to stir my creative juices.

Do you have a specific “beat” you like best – nature, food, profiles etc?
Staying true to myself. I feel uneasy following any kind of rules when weaving. I have only recently learned that working with my hands and adopting the free-way of creating, specially embracing imperfections is therapeutic and meditative. I have dealt with anxiety for many years and working with my hands has been the best,most effective remedy for it. I love it how weaving brings me inner peace. When I weave I feel balanced.

Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
Yes I do. I can’t quite explain why but I think It may have marked a transition in my work style and skills . It’s called Currents 2018. I am saving it for my new home that’s being currently built by my husband and I.

What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
Having designed swimwear and worked in the fashion industry prior to discovering weaving have exposed me to the textile world in a different level. The appreciation for colors and textures was there since the beginning. It was only a matter of time when other fibers have taken over my mind and heart.

If we want to see more of your work where should we go to find?
My work is currently showing at the Ritz building/ STL studio in Port Townsend. If you are not local, please visit www.tininhasilva.com and or my Instagram page.

What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
I am currently creating new works for an upcoming art show December 7th in Port Townsend, with two dear-friend-artists: Tracy Hudson and Hazel Monte.

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? We ask everyone!
Black, sweet and hot.

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