About This Artist
Awika is a young, talented textile artist known for incorporating an A3 portable wooden handloom in her contemporary weaving workshops. She uses contemporary weaving as a medium of expression by connecting her inspirations from local communities she’s previously visited.
Awika graduated from Thammasat University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Textile, Costume, Garment and Fashion Design from the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts. Upon graduation, she worked as a graphic designer for two years and spent her spare time challenging her passion by creating textiles for art competitions.
While growing up, Awika visited her family in Surin province regularly. Being exposed to her grandmother and aunts’ weaving in her home, combined with the diverse communities she visited throughout Thailand’s provinces, encouraged her true passion for textiles art. Awika started to hone her craft with materials structure through various weaving methods, and she gained confidence in her art form. This newfound identity shaped her ideas and her working style, pushing her to deliver an excellent balance between aesthetic, artistic and practicality. Her combined passion and experiences led her to transfer her knowledge to local communities, students, and special needs children with physical impairments.
Awika’s creativity extends beyond her innovating hand weaving pieces. She’s also adapted the backstrap weaving loom which features two points of tension to connect the post to a person. Her portable wooden hand weaving loom has traveled with her to multiple, contemporary weaving workshops including cafes, local communities in Thailand, and the leading electronic music festival of Asia, the Wonderfruit Festival. Awika also created a large-scale exhibition piece at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre and Khlongsan Festival in 2019. The piece, titled ‘Bangkok Layers,’ was a map that consisted of three layered pieces with the fabric construction of the warp and weft technique as well as latitude and longitude.
The dimension of overlapped patterns used from the block weaving technique is rare to find these days. Awika created a large-scale piece produced by block weaving techniques in the Baba Yaya pattern for The Living Arts Festival 2020.
Website: Awika Samukrsaman