Yulie Urano

Black Sheep


kansas city / united states

Graduation year


Yulie Urano is a fiber artist and designer. As a first generation Japanese-American, she attempts to realize and balance her two different cultures and their effects on her pieces. Her lineage is the basis of her identity, just as interlacing structures are the basis of her work. Although not all of her pieces are specifically about her roots, they never cease to be apparent in her work.

Interlocking structures, whether in a knit or in handmade paper, is what informs her material choices. The process of creating her own fiber elements to work with is crucial to the conceptual development of her work. After working with the structural possibilities inherent within each material, She pushes it a step further by using her own hand to instruct the form. By pushing the possible relationships between form, material, and textile processes, she creates work that allows her to explore her ideas about self-identity.

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