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Makwa Studio was started by Maggie Thompson in Minneapolis, 2014. Makwa pronounced like "Mukwa" means bear in the Ojibwe language.

Maggie Thompson is a textile artist and designer, with a focus on knitwear and weaving. She was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN and is a member of the Fond Du Lac Band of Ojibwe.   With a Waldorf education, she was introduced to textiles at a very young age knitting her first pair of socks at age 10. In 2013, she received her Bachelor of Fine Art in Textiles at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work calls attention to its materiality exploring different structures and technique. She is inspired by her Native Ojibwe heritage along with her passion for skateboarding, surfing and the great outdoors. For her fine art, she works in a variety of mediums from machine knitting to weaving, exploring ideas of Native authenticity and what it means to be a contemporary woman. 

Education

Rhode Island School of Design | BFA in Textiles | 2013

Current Exhibitions

On Borrowed Time | MN Textile Center | 2016

Collections

Minneapolis Institute of Art | 2015

Minnesota Historical Society | 2012

Grants

Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural Community Partnership Grant | 2016

Jerome Fiber Grant | 2015

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Regional Fellowship | 2015

Residencies

Fogstand Gallery | Taiwan | 2016 - Upcoming

Vermont Studio Center | USA | 2014