The Unstable Design Lab hosts an annual experimental weaving residency to serve two goals:

1. to create a space where artists and researchers can mutually benefit from sharing knowledge and ideas.
2. to use this residency as a model to inform future practices of engaging artists within programs of academic research.


After a successful launch in 2019 with artist Sandra Wirtanen and funding from the Center for Craft’s Materials-Based Research Grant, we have secured additional funding to offer residencies in 2021, 2022 and 2023. If you are interested in applying, stay posted to our webpage as we announce our open calls.



Center for Craft Materials-Based Research Grant



  • Laura DevendorfSasha De Koninck, and Etta Sandry. 2022. An Introduction to Weave Structure for HCI: A How-to and Reflection on Modes of Exchange. In Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS ’22), Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA. 629-642. (June 13-17, 2022—Virtual Event, Australia) [Best Pictorial Honorable Mention Award].

  • Laura Devendorf, Katya Arquilla, Sandra Wirtanen, Allison Anderson, and Steven Frost. 2020. Craftspeople as Technical Collaborators: Lessons Learned through an Experimental Weaving Residency. In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1–13. DOI: (Honolulu, Hawaii (virtual)–April 25-30, 2020) [Honorable Mention Award].


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