Today we’d like to introduce you to Tania Banegas.
Hi Tania, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
CocoKnots Studio started as a combination of a lot of terrible things that happened in my life years ago. Both my adoptive and biological fathers passed away suddenly, I was working a job full of awful people, I was grieving and felt very depressed, but had an urge to fill the void. One day, I was talking to a friend about creating art, but not photography or painting because I thought that market is very saturated, so I started experimenting with fiber art. I started creating small pieces with yarn, then learned macrame and now I make a combination of the two. Fiber art has become my therapy. It soothes my anxiety and teaches me the art of patience. I see it now as a form of self-care.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Self-doubt has always been a struggle for me since I don’t have formal training in art and I have never been a crafty person. I literally pour my heart out in each of my pieces, I overcome self-doubt by simply taking breaks. I also overcome self-doubt by accepting the fact that not everyone will love everything I make, but as long as I love it, it’s okay because the right client will eventually come along. I have the privilege to have this amazing form or self-expression and I am grateful for that.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I specialize in handcrafted fiber art tapestries. I am most proud of the fact that I have been able to make fiber art in a variety of sizes and that when my clients look at my pieces in person, they love them even more. What sets me apart from others is that I am not just a macrame artist, I make contemporary fiber art pieces that are one of a kind.
Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
The stuff I listen to has nothing to do with fiber art, but it helps me stay informed and focused. My favorite podcasts to listen to while I make my pieces are: Radio Ambulante, RadioLab, Throughline, Criminal and Ear Hustle (among many others, but those are my top ones). I love reading, but I find audiobooks convenient since I can work on my pieces like I listen. Most recently, I enjoyed listening to Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein and I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle Mcnamara.
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