Vanessa Barragao was born in Albufeira, in the south of Portugal. She founded in 2014 after she attended a Master degree program at the Lisbon University in fashion and textile design. There she developed her first wool yarn collection and tapestries through an ecological artisanal process.

Full Moon is a sensorial rug with one goal: “Make people feel like they are in harmony within their own universe and totally focused on themselves.”

For Vanessa the surface of the moon represents a tranquil place with its particular lack of sound and gravity and to find a similar environment on earth, one must dive deep into the ocean.

“Full Moon”, Latch Hook, hand tuft, embroidery, felt and crochet
98.5 inches x 98.5 inches, 2017

The shapes of this rug are inspired by the different blurs of the moon’s gravity field and the coral reefs of the sea. The surface of the Full Moon rug is filled with a mix of short and long textures that can be seen and felt by feeling over the different hand crocheted elements and sculpted textiles.

You can learn more about Vanessa Barragao by visiting her website or checking in with her on Instagram. Surface Spectrum is on view through June 8th at Mash Gallery in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. Open weekly Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00 – 6:00 PM.