AT: I love the use of your color! Some are subtle while others are very bold. Will you explain more about the dying process and the inspiration behind your color?
CZ: I paint my dyes onto the thread with a paintbrush after they are strung and before they are spun into rope to give the finished piece a marbled, organic effect. I think that gives me more control over how the color is applied and how saturated that color is. I love neutrals and simultaneously also love bright pops of color, so creating different pieces allows me to switch it up depending on my mood. I collect color inspiration from art, nature, and everyday objects. I'm always saving photos of good color combinations for later use.
AT: What are some of your future aspirations for your work? Is there any medium you are interested in working with or project you want to explore?
CZ: I love collaborating with other artists. I am currently working with my friend and ceramicist Alyson Iwamoto to combine her pieces with my rope. I end up creating pieces I never would have otherwise! I would love to continue working with others to make something new.
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