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Nontraditional Fiber Artist Seamlessly Weaves Beautiful Circular Creations

Alison Altafi Works On Her Multicolored Cylindrical Tapestry

Alison Altafi's Instagram page describes her artwork as “Magical art for magical people,” and it's no surprise as to why. The whimsical nature of her work easily conjures up visions of far away other worlds. By weaving together mixed fibers of all different textures and colors, she is able to create entire universes in the space of a hoop. Some of these universes resemble the natural world, while others are more abstract and fantastical.

Altafi started her art career in her twenties by weaving wall hangings and traditional tapestries but soon found herself drawn to “weaving in the round,” as she found “the cyclical nature of round weaving to be very cathartic and meditative.” Upon looking at her Instagram, where she routinely documents her creative process in reels, it is no surprise why it is so relaxing for her. Altafi begins every project with thin lines of string stretched across the hoop, resembling a spoke wheel pattern. From there, she carefully weaves her yarn between the strings, slowly filling in the hoop inch by inch.

“I use hand spun and hand dyed yarn to create art that feels magical, otherworldly and fantastical- art that I myself can escape into. I’ve had my work referred to as ‘portals' to other worlds and I love imagining them in that way,” Altafi stated.

To keep up with Altafi's creative journey, you can follow her on Instagram. If you are interested in purchasing one of her pieces, check out her website and online shop.

Alison Altafi is a nontraditional fiber artist known for her circular art creations.

Multicolored Circular Hoop Fiber Art

By weaving yarn around large hoops, she is able to create gorgeous designs.

Multicolored Circular Hoop Fiber Art
Multicolored Circular Hoop Fiber Art With Browns, Greys, And Whites
Multicolored Circular Hoop Fiber Art With Blue Flowers And Leaves
Some of her creations resemble the natural world, mirroring what one might see outside.

Multicolored Circular Hoop Fiber Art With Grass, Flower, And Mushroom Details
Multicolored Circular Hoop Fiber Art With Orange And Pink Flowers
Multicolored Circular Hoop Fiber Art With Greens And Greys

Other patterns are entirely original, abstract, and filled with color.

Multicolored Circular Hoop Fiber Art
Sea-Themed Multicolored Circular Hoop Fiber Art
Multicolored Circular Hoop Fiber Art

Altafi has described her work as “cathartic and meditative,” and those interested in seeing her creative process can check out the reel below.


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Sarah Currier

Sarah Currier is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Based in central Iowa, she is currently enrolled at Iowa State University and is working toward a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in English. She loves all things creative, and when she’s not writing, you can find her immersed in the worlds of television, film, and literature.
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