Fairbanks will outline the three distinct yet intersecting threads of her practice including her solo work, research into emerging textile technology, and a community-based project. Her solo work investigates the connections between pliable textiles and Platonic solids; together, these mathematic logic systems serve as the springboard for bold, material-based work realized as weavings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. Beyond using the conceptual and formal potential of textiles, Fairbanks works collaboratively to develop new textile technologies including a fabric capable of harvesting solar power. Finally, there is Fairbanks’s social practice, most recently realized in a project called Weaving Lab: Plain Cloth Productions which explored whether access to looms as a social destination might create community and serve as a contemporary analog to the cottage and “fireside industries” of old. She will discuss how each thread informs and strengthens the others in the symbiotic braid of her multidisciplinary practice.