About the artist
Anna Biro was born in Transylvania (Romania) and currently lives in Montreal (Canada). She is a member of the Quebec Craft Council, and is a recipient of the Research & Creation Grant “A “Category for Professional Visual Artists from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
She studied at the Ion Andreescu Academy of Fine Arts in Cluj-Napoca, Romania where she graduated with both a Bachlors and Masters degree in Textiles. In Montreal, she further specialized at the “Centre Textile Contemporain”, becoming an expert in computer aided textile design.
Over the last two decades, Anna has had Art Exhibitions in Canada, Europe, and the USA. Most recently, she also represented Canada at the 5th International Textile Competition in Kyoto, Japan.
She has also worked extensively as a costume designer for Theater and film productions around the world. Currently, Anna is involved in the development and refinement of computer applications in textile processes. Deploying textiles as a link between technologies, cultural histories and personal memories.
Rope of Hope
This swatch is an interactive interim prototype for the final “Rope of Hope” installation. The sample is woven on cotton warp with three physically isolated zones of weft of nickel-chrome, gold, and silver conductive threads. The audience’s hand contact provides mechanical and electrical stimulus needed to close the textile switches embedded in the artwork. Whenever any switch closes, the connected MP3 Player generates a corresponding sound clip providing audio feedback.
The motivation for this work was to give a voice to textiles. By combining high-tech, low-tech, and no-tech approaches to concrete technologies, I sought to overcome obstacles in the creative process.