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About the Artist
Born and raised in China with a background of eight years of learning fine arts, Yunan came to the US at the age of 17. After graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Fashion Marketing and Management, Yunan worked at a well-known leather handbag company, where she mastered leather weaving techniques. Throughout the work experience, Yunan was fascinated about techniques for weaving and knitting subjects and discovered her passion in this field. To pursue her interest, she returned to school.
In 2018, Yunan graduated from Academy of Art University with a MFA in Knitwear Design, and she was mentored by the famous knitwear designer Midori Sergent. Yunan was the only knitwear designer attended the NYFW graduation runway; in addition, she was selected for 2018 CFDA+ Design Graduates Program. In the same year, Yunan gave a speech about the creative design process at Apple store in San Francisco, as part of the series, "Today at Apple".
Yunan Ma Fiber Art is designed and handmade by Yunan at the artist’s studio in the SF Bay Area. Each unique piece is hand woven with the finest natural fibers including merino wool, alpaca wool, mohair, silk, cotton, and novelty accent, that are carefully selected from top yarn mills around the world. With fine arts and knitwear design background, Yunan believes art is more than beautiful texture and exquisite craftsmanship. Every piece depicts a storytelling experience by interpreting memory and emotion in a cheerful way. Yunan’s work aims to energize your favorite space with mesmerizing details and heartfelt narratives.