Melissa Leandro’s woven works from 2020!

Melissa Leandro's woven works from 2020!

The artist that we are featuring in Digital Weaving Norway’s “What’s on your Loom” series is Chicago-based Melissa Leandro, who works between the mediums of drawing, painting, and textiles. There is never a direct pictorial representation, but instead Leandro draws us into her richly colorful and surreal landscapes, which explore personal, familial, and cultural experiences from her everyday life and family histories.


In this issue, we are featuring the works produced on the TC2 during 2020 for 2 solo exhibitions, one at Andrew Rafacz Gallery and the other for Frieze Art Fair :

Artist Commission (Lounge Chair)

Materials and techniques: Wood; Jacquard Weaving, dye, stitching, embroidery

Fuchsia Swamp

Materials and techniques: Jacquard woven cloth, dye, embroidery

Size: 35 x 58 in. (88.9 x 147.32 cm)

Aquatic hour 

Materials and techniques: Cotton; Jacquard weaving, dye, stitching

Size: 44 x 37 in. (111.76 x 93.98 cm)

Dune Run

Materials and techniques: Jacquard woven cloth, dye, embroidery

34 x 61 in. (86.36 x 154.94 cm)

Turtle Crossing

Materials and techniques: Jacquard woven cloth, embroidery

37 x 55 in. (93.98 x 139.7 cm)


Melissa Leandro (b. 1989, USA) creates her textile works through the process of digital Jacquard weaving, dip dyeing, stitching, embroidery and cyanotype printing. She generates imagery by observing and documenting her travels to new cities and landscapes, as well as capturing her everyday surroundings within her own home and neighborhood. By continuously absorbing the movements in familiar and foreign environments, Leandro layers her textiles through over dying, patching, mending, heavy embellishing, and bleaching to abstract the subtleties of particular places and people. She holds a BFA and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and is currently teaching at the Institute as a Lecturer. Leandro is currently represented by Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago.