Meet the New York Based Artist Crafting Curious Microbe-Inspired Forms Out of Wool 

Liam Lee is AD’s newest One to Watch 
Meet the New York Based Artist Crafting Curious MicrobeInspired Forms Out of Wool

“Seed pods, microbes, fungi, intestines…it’s all a jumble,” says the New York–based artist and designer Liam Lee, describing the inspirations for his curious textiles 
and furniture. The brightly colored, freaky forms—it takes a moment to realize—are made from hand-dyed, needle-felted wool. “I think of them as drawings, almost,” says Lee, who first experimented with the technique (wherein serrated needles bind fibers together, building them up into a desired shape) a few years ago. What were initially small-scale textile works have since given way to three-dimensional pieces, the latest of which are slated to debut this November, as part of Patrick Parrish’s booth at New York’s Salon Art + Design fair. “Wool is such a seductive material because it can be really soft and supple but also very rigid and sculptural depending on the density,” Lee explains. Acid-dyed to electrifying effect, American merino fibers are attached to simple cedar frames and felted into oozing, bubbling exteriors. (“Hopefully the wood will repel moths, my worst enemy.”) Consider these bizarre seats his pandemic babies. Says Lee, “I was thinking about how the domestic interior could let in weird, microbial forms.” studioliamlee.com —Hannah Martin