About Windy

Artist Statement

I make sculpture and installations that elevate the vernacular and inspire awe and understanding. In the context of knots, I bring aesthetics to the intersection of function, science, and history to illuminate what’s most fascinating about knots: the journey of the line.

The Short Bio

Artist Windy Chien is best known for her 2016 work, The Year Of Knots, in which she learned a new knot every day for a year. Her work ranges in size from a knot that can fit in the palm of a child's hand to majestic, room-sized installations that are sought after by private collectors. Following long careers at Apple and as owner of legendary music shop Aquarius Records, she launched her studio in 2015. Select clients include IBM, the National Geographic Society, and the Kering Group, and her work has been covered by Wired, The New York Times and Martha Stewart. In 2017, Facebook acquired an edition of The Year of Knots. Windy’s book about her work was published by Abrams in 2019.


Artist Windy Chien http://windychien.com

I’m a Chinese-American woman who grew up a US Army ‘brat’ and lived all over the country, including a decade in Hawaii. Due to my ethnicity, love of fringe culture such as punk rock, and uncommonly audacious attitude towards life, I’ve always felt like an outsider. Indeed, I’ve embraced outsider status as a means to self-define, rather than let the world tell me who to be.

I owned an independent San Francisco record shop (Aquarius Records) for 14 years, building community and evangelizing the music I loved. My music knowledge is encyclopedic and infectious -- I can easily sell your grandmother a heavy metal record. Then, I spent many happy years at Apple, where I joined a fledgling iTunes and shepherded it through the ensuing eight years of explosive growth as iTunes product manager, producer, and curator, and then App Store managing editor. My passion is firmly focused at the intersection of art, design and tech. I make art full time, and consider virtual reality and video games to be two of the most exciting art forms of the moment.

I’ve cycled across Southeast Asia (twice), toured with Lollapalooza, presented my undergraduate thesis film at Sundance, and am a certified yoga instructor. I rescue greyhounds.