My work uses the language of furniture to investigate ideas around identity and culture and to re-present histories that counter dominate Western historical narratives. In my work as a maker, educator, curator and writer I also produce objects, spaces, places and ideas where craft and technology meet. My work grapples with questions such as: what will be the fate of the handmade object in a technological and information-based age? I advocate a progressive agenda for the future of craft and design that advances the proposition that makers and designers not only keep pace with the digital age, but take part in inventing it as well.
Fo Wilson graduated with an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Designs Furniture Design program in 2005 with a concentration in Art history, Theory and Criticism. Prior to her graduate studies, she ran her own graphic design consultancy with offices in New York and the San Francisco Bay area. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Columbia College in Chicago, and previously taught at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, as well as the California College of Art (formerly CCAC) and Parsons School of Design. She writes and lectures about art, design and craft to international audiences. Her furniture-based work is exhibited nationally, and her design work is included in the collection of The Cooper Hewitt National Museum of Design.