A native of Dalton, Georgia (the carpet capital of the world), Trish Andersen was drawn to the process of tufting as a means to reconnect with and explore her roots. After attending the Savannah College of Art and Design, Trish moved on to live and work in Brooklyn, where she spent a decade crafting custom installations and environments in New York, France, Hong Kong and Tokyo for clients including Mercedes-Benz USA and Vevo, among others. Craving a slower pace and process, she began tufting to explore the notion of a native way of being -- the idea that authenticity lies in observing the characteristics of personal origin and nurturing those that reverberate in the present.
Enter the drips. Combining fibers gathered from flora, fauna and the factory floor, the varied and unexpected tactility of Andersen's work proves that across every border -- temporal, cultural, geographical and interpersonal -- there is always room for the vibrant and the muted, the cut and the looped, the sleek and the wild.
Andersen’s work has been exhibited at Design Miami/ and commissioned by Coca-Cola, Kimpton Hotels and BlackRock Financial. In summer 2020, she collaborated with Shaw Contract on Running Line, a collection of biophilic rugs. She currently lives and works in Savannah, and accepts commissions worldwide.
Photo: Colin Douglas Gray for Savannah College of Art and Design