Luiza Caldari’s approach to tapestry stems from her background in design and is driven by material exploration. She works to mix “the simplicity of wool, something so familiar and known to everybody” with unusual shapes and unexpected color palettes. Caldari’s use of fiber also extends to sculptures and functional objects. “My intention is to bring more color to life, creating a kind of coziness for the eyes,” says Caldari. “I want my work to bring comfort and joy for all who see it.”
Without formal training as a weaver, Caldari sees her work as a free form exercise. “I don’t follow rules and I’ve created my own unique method of weaving. I sometimes search for formal techniques, but in a way that optimizes my creativity,” says Caldari. This freeness is evident in Caldari’s work; weft yarns cascade from her tapestries. Within the same piece she may add tufting and wrapped elements. It’s obvious that she enjoys playing with the medium, as her tapestries range from large scale handwoven wall pieces to three-dimensional hand-tufted tapestries designed in collaboration with furniture and lighting designers.