Sarah Wertzberger,  blanket , merino wool + cotton.

Sarah Wertzberger, blanket, merino wool + cotton.


MFA Applied Craft + Design is pleased to welcome Sarah Wertzberger as the Asterisk in Residence for fall, 2018. 


In residence I plan to work on a series of textile and ceramic explorations that I am viewing as possible prototypes for future ideas and production.  While making these objects I will be thinking about new applications beyond singular objects like cups and blankets to thinking about how to integrate my ideas with other objects (furniture), spaces (interior or exteriors) and designers through collaborations.  I also plan to research manufacturing opportunities in the U.S. and abroad as well as materials sourcing. Beyond conventional materials for weaving and ceramics, I am interested exploring found materials and unexpected material combinations. Lastly, I plan to be drawing and painting in parallel to the 3-D explorations, observing how this practice informs and occasionally coincides with the textile and ceramic practices.

Sarah Wertzberger is an artist, designer, educator with a multidisciplinary studio practice based in weaving, ceramics and painting based in Portland, Oregon. As an educator Sarah has worked at Oregon College of Art and Craft, PNCA, and Wildcraft Studio School, teaching digital and hand weaving. As a designer Sarah worked for four years at Nike as a material designer in footwear and on her own work, collaborating with The Weaving Mill in Chicago on a series of limited edition of blankets and more recently designing and handweaving a small line blankets for the Hammer Museum Store.  Sarah received her MFA in Textiles from Rhode Island School of Design and BFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art. She currently teaches in the Fibers department at The Oregon College of Art and Craft, works in her textile studio and is a rep for a Korean textile manufacturer, Nike being the main client.




The Asterisk in Residence has been established to enable creative thinkers, makers, and entrepreneurs to apply for a semester long research or fabrication focused residency. The purpose of this residency is to create a competitive, distinct and rare opportunity for disciplines ranging in but not limited to design, fine art, craft, science, creative writing and the curatorial arts to work with the MFA in Applied Craft + Design community in the development of new:

· Knowledge

· Ideas

· Projects

· Prototypes

· Products and/or

· New approaches or solutions to particular business needs or aspirations

It is expected that the work undertaken will have the capacity to bring real innovation and value to the AC+D community, a well as the wider business and creative sector in Portland. This residency exists to provide the resident(s) with time and space away from their regular environment to reflect, research and consider new ways of developing their practice.

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Past Asterisk's in Residence:

Sarah Turner, Spring, 2018

Sage Fisher of Dolphin Midwives, Spring, 2017

David Boekelheide and Christina Conant, Spring, 2016