Windy Chien

Born 1967 Taipei, Taiwan | Lives and works San Francisco, California

Solo & Two Person Exhibitions

Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA, In Parallel with Serena Mitnick-Miller
Dodo Pomellato at Milan Design Week, Milan, Italy

Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL, Knot Expected with Sunbrella
Local Language Art, Oakland, CA, Mutations

Themes & Projects at Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA, Line + Form with Len Carella

Asia Society, San Francisco, CA, Annual Event

Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT, ASSIMILATION/A SIMULATION

Selected Group Exhibitions

Highfield Hall, Falmouth, MA, Rope Unbound curated by Fiber Art Now
San Francisco Design Week, San Francisco, CA, Stitching, Weaving and Coding curated by Duval Contemporary
Currents 826, Santa Fe, NM, Stitching & Weaving in the Digital Age curated by Duval Contemporary

Legion, San Francisco, CA, Stay Close curated by Legion SF
Residence de France, San Francisco, CA, Stitching & Weaving in the Digital Age curated by Duval Contemporary
Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, CA, Veer curated by Satellite of Love Gallery

Flax, San Francisco, CA, SF Art Show curated by Satellite of Love Gallery

Artist in Residence

Local Language Art, Oakland, CA

Facebook, Menlo Park, CA

The Archery, San Francisco, CA

Peel, Campbell, CA

Artist Talks

MOMA, San Francisco, Poketo Creative Spaces book panel, Brooklyn, NY, How a Year-Long Project Will Change Your Life
Algorithmic Art Assembly, San Francisco, CA, Algorithms, Aesthetics, and the Artist’s Hand
VSCO, Oakland, CA, The Year of Knots
The Ruby, San Francisco, CA, How a Year-Long Project Will Change Your Life

Design Sponge / Good Company, San Francisco, CA, Panel discussion with Grace Bonney
City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, The Year of Knots
Local Language Art, Oakland, CA, Mutations
College of Marin, Kentfield, CA, Ten Spinal Columns

Industry Giants / Interior Design Magazine, Seattle, WA, Conversation with Cindy Adams EIC
Themes & Projects at Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA, Artist Conversation with Alisa Carroll

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA, Giving Yourself Permission
Layers: A Conference About Design & Technology, San Jose, CA, Giving Yourself Permission
SFMOMA SECA, The Archery, San Francisco, CA, Giving Yourself Permission
Alite Design, San Francisco, CA, Giving Yourself Permission


Excluding continually ongoing private collector commissions


Royal Caribbean, Spectrum of the Seas art collection
Dodo Pomellato, Milan, Italy, and throughout Europe

National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C.
Sunbrella, Miami Beach, FL
College of Marin, Kentfield, CA
Protege, Palo Alto, CA
Fogo de Chao, Chicago, IL
Fogo de Chao, Pittsburgh, PA
Fogo de Chao, Bellevue, WA
Nestle Headquarters, Arlington, VA
Sunset Idea House, Los Gatos, CA

Lululemon, Berkeley, CA
Fogo de Chao, Tyson’s Corner, VA
Fogo de Chao, Atlanta, GA
Fogo de Chao, Minneapolis, MN
Checkr, San Francisco, CA
BRYR + Windy Chien, San Francisco, CA
Private Venture Firm, San Francisco, CA

IBM, Cambridge, MA
AngelList, San Francisco, CA
The Rowan, San Francisco, CA
McGuire Furniture, San Francisco, CA
Casa Primos
, Nosara, Costa Rica
Studio Roeper,
San Francisco, CA
Fogo de Chao, San Francisco, CA


The Year of Knots: Modern Projects, Inspiration, and Creative Reinvention, by Windy Chien, Abrams Books

Selected Press

From Meditative Art to Bondage, Everyone’s Tying Knots Right Now, The Bold Italic, Oct. 23
I Left My High-Powered Job at Apple to Start Making Art Out of Knots, Domino, October
Objet d’Art, Navigator: The Journal of Northrop & Johnson, Spring/Summer
windy chien knots rope into circuit board, designboom, Jun. 10
Windy Chien’s Journey to Becoming the Queen of Knots, Design Milk, Mar. 19
Inside of You, Lula Japan

S.02 E.01: Windy Chien, Beyond the Studio, Dec. 10
A “Knot Expected” Showing at Miami Art Week, Sunbrella, Dec.
Feminist Perspectives: Impressions from Pulse Art Fair During Miami Art Week 2018, ANTE., Dec. 8
LIVE From SF: Building Community + Self Confidence, Good Company, Dec. 2
Studio Visit With Artist Windy Chien, Beklina, Nov. 1
A Not-So-Straight Line, San Francisco Magazine, September
4 Steps To Reinventing Yourself With Fiber Artist and Woodworker Windy Chien, Make:, July 30
Studio Visit: Windy Chien, HonestlyWTF, July 24
Tying the Knot, Hospitality Design, June
Windy Chien, Fiber Artist, Bossladies Magazine, July 12
String Theory, Luxe Interiors + Design, March/April

Tied and True, Interior Design, November
How An Apple Alum Found Her True Calling–In Knots, Fast Company, Oct. 19
Life as Art, Sunset, July
Windy Chien’s The Year of Knots, Trendland, Oct. 10
Windy Chien, Fiber Artist and Woodworker, Making Ways, Oct. 6
The Eclectic San Francisco Home of Knot Artist Windy Chien, Dwell, Sep. 27
Learning the Ropes, Martha Stewart Living, September
Studio Tour: Windy Chien, Rue, September
Observed: Lovers of piano music, knots, art and fashion, San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 16
A Mission Victorian is a home and art studio, Curbed SF, Aug. 8
Fiber Fever, Loeffler Randall, Summer
Knot Your Average Shoe Collaboration, 24 East, June 19
Fit to be Tied, San Francisco Magazine, June
Apple Editor Turned Artist, Giant Robot Media, Mar. 17
You Have to See This Artist's Massive Knot Collection, Martha, Feb. 3
Artist Chronicles a Whole Year by Creating a New Obscure Knot Every Day, My Modern Met, Feb. 1
Artist Windy Chien Unearths Obscure Knots Everyday for an Entire Year, Colossal, Jan. 26
Artist tied one beautiful knot every day of 2016, Boing Boing, Jan. 25
This Artist Tied One Knot For Every Day of 2016. The Results Are Gorgeous., WIRED, January
Windy Chien’s Inspiring Knots, Design Sponge, January
Artist Profile, Sunset, January
Artist Profile, Knit Wit

Meet The Artisan: Windy Chien of San Francisco, Miss Cheesemonger, Dec. 27
Get to Know San Francisco Knot-Tying Artist, Windy Chien, San Francisco Cottages & Gardens, October
Meet the Maker: Artist Windy Chien, Apartment34, October
Knotty Behavior, C Magazine, October
Windy Chien’s latest venture: lots of knots, San Francisco Chronicle, Sep. 14
Windy Chien and The Year of Knots, Rue, Aug. 31
What You Collect: The Ordinary and the Odd, New York Times, July 24
Modern Macrame by Windy Chien, handful of salt, Feb. 20
Interview: Artist Windy Chien on Finding Bliss in the Year of Knots, Asia Society

From iTunes to Hand-Carved Spoons with Windy Chien, Remodelista, Oct. 14
unexpected guests: windy chien, sfgirlbybay, July 2


2018 Domaine de Boisbuchet, Organic Solar Futures led by Janet Echelman and Trevor Lee
1992 San Francisco State University