Haptic Lab




Come see our first group show BORDERS, which showcases the diverse creative DNA of our alumni, and explores boundaries that are physical, political or relating to self-identity.



Alayna Rasile-Digrindakis
I am not where you are now
Now two are one

Alayna Rasile is an artist and designer who works with natural fibers, plant dyes, deep listening, and hopeful worldviews. Alayna has spent the last six years working as an artist assistant and a designer for fashion and softgoods brands like Haptic Lab, BDDW, and Red Ants Pants. In 2015 she was a resident at the Textile Arts Center. Alayna has a small apparel line called Absorka, and a milkweed-based design studio called May West that focuses on the material innovation of milkweed floss as an alternative to goose down or synthetic insulation inside winter jackets. She is currently based in Montana.


Emma Werowinski
If the Apple is Rotten

Emma Werowinski is an artist and designer from Massachusetts. Textiles are her material, government structures are her site, and systems theory is the theory with which she links textiles and government. Her practice seeks to develop new verbal and visual metaphors for understanding, analyzing, and critiquing the government of the United States of America. Her work is heavily research based, and often takes the form of textile home goods such as towels, quilts, and rugs. She received her BFA in Textiles from RISD in 2018. She has been a resident at Monson Arts and currently works in New York, NY.


Emily Gui

Emily Gui is an experimental printmaker and mixed-media artist living in California. Her work often pushes the boundaries of traditional techniques by layering and combining materials and processes. Emily is a cofounder of the Collaborative Arts Mobility Project, an annual interdisciplinary artist’s residency, entering its sixth season. She has exhibited in galleries throughout New York and the Bay Area. Emily has been an artist-in-residence at Kala Arts Institute since 2015 where she also teaches. She received her B.A. in Studio Arts from Bard College in 2012 and she is currently an MFA candidate at UC Berkeley.


Dain DeltaDawn
A Guide

Dain DeltaDawn is an interdisciplinary artist and curator who makes work about the landscape of queerness and how we perceive it through disseminating information like diagrams and tutorials. They hold an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, and have held residencies and fellowships at BRIC Media Arts, Caldera Arts, Offshore Residency, the Studios at MASS MoCA, Vermont Studio Center, ACRE Residency, and Wassaic Project, among others. Dain DeltaDawn is currently living and working in New York City and is an adjunct faculty member in the Fiber and Material Studies Department at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, as well as the Associate Director of Geary Gallery (NYC).


Anthony Shimek

Anthony (Tony(Tonz)) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He has a “small” obsession with textiles having come from a family of crafters and makers—particularly of textiles. After taking an introductory weaving class at the Textile Arts Center he bought a floor loom on a whim and began experimenting with modes of translating text into textiles. Anthony enjoys using bright colors to create textiles that combine his family’s tradition of fiber creation with contemporary/ queer themes and patterns that speak to the queer experience. He also loves making unique and meaningful heirlooms for others knowing they will stay with them for generations.


Ronit Zvi

Ronit Zvi is a multi disciplinary artist taking inspiration from current events, nature, and places she would rather be. Ronit creates projects with materials that she feels will best represent them, whether that is calculated stitching or shooting film. She believes in trial and error, and learning from mistakes to create pieces that will speak the loudest to those who view them.


Barbara Begley
Half Lives - What's that Book About?
Half Lives - They Leave

Barbara Begley is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and art-enabler originally from San Francisco, California, and the current Studio Manager of Haptic Lab. She is a founding member of queer art incubator Undiscovered Countries, which is celebrating its 7th birthday this month alongside Haptic Lab's 10th. Her multi media graphic novel Half Lives is the result of a multi-year collaboration with illustrators Shakhed Hadaya and James Brooks Robinson and the band Gandor Chorale. Her work as a playwright, costume designer, performance artist and stand up comic has appeared in New York, California, Chicago, Maine, and New Orleans.

Kacie Lees

Draw A Door

Kacie Lees is an American interdisciplinary artist and lecturer. Lees constructs transcendental environments to bring together disparate elements in a subtle yet consistent effort to show that everything is connected.

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