MS: I study Fibres and Textiles at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U) in Toronto.�KM: I am a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I currently study Industrial/Product Design. I also have an education in film production and worked in the film community while living in San Francisco.�SQ: I just finished studying abroad spring and summer semesters at Central Saint Martins in Performance Design and Practice, but my university base is The New School, studying Integrated Design, Dance and Environmental Studies.
How did you come across the Cold Picnic open call? Where were you and what were you doing?�MS: I was on a cross- Canada road trip with my family when I heard about the competition. Cold Picnic�s Instagram post was sent to me by the head of the textiles program at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, Jeremy Noonan, who I had met on an exchange program I just completed there.�KM: A friend who I am currently studying design with shared Cold Picnic�s Instagram post to me. I still thank her to this day for sharing it because I don�t believe either of us would have imagined the outcome of such a simple gesture.
SQ: My friend Grace had messaged me the open call Cold Picnic posted on Instagram. She said, �you should totally do this!� It was the beginning of June and I remember I was in my childhood room in Minneapolis sitting at my desk. I�ve been incorporating textiles into my practice for about a year now and in June when the open call was released, I had just got to Minneapolis and felt inspired to respond to my emotion during that time. Coincidentally, I wanted to respond artistically by making a soft good product like a rug. So when I read the post was for a blanket, I told myself I need to do this now. It was really affirming in that moment. So, I began designing for the blanket, which was large-scale and fully embodied, which I love.
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