Self-described Army brat Windy Chien grew up across the U.S., attended the same Hawaiian high school as President Barack Obama, and ran a rad record store in San Francisco before entering the high-flying tech universe, working on Apple’s iTunes and App Store businesses. Her next move was back to analog, starting a namesake studio that specializes in macrame. “It’s a daily ritual,” she says, “combining art school and history lesson.” She produces certain standard designs such as Circuit Board, an amalgam of vintage kimono threads with cotton and polypropylene, as well as accepting residential and commercial commissions. Her breakthrough came in 2016, which she declared the Year of Knots, pledging to learn a different type every day—and, of course, document the process on Instagram. That being a leap year, she mastered 366 knots and ultimately assembled them as an installation, Year of Knots, at Facebookheadquarters in Menlo Park, California.
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