I weave “queer plaids” that contain words coded into the patterns. I experience synesthesia, which causes me to see a certain color associated with every letter of the alphabet. I match threads to the colors I see in language and weave cloth with coded text. I use this process to elucidate the subtle hierarchies embedded in the sartorial narratives in the fabrics we wear and use everyday.
Everything I make is woven by hand, though I strive to emulate the quality of industrial textile design on both form and execution. I aim to challenge people’s assumptions about how things are made and by whom. The “disconnect” many viewers experience between the product and the producer illuminates a larger blindness/ignorance between consumers and manufacturers. In my view, the average Western consumer has been largely disenfranchised from the production of the goods on which we depend every day.
Jeremy Chase Sanders moved from Baltimore, Maryland to San Francisco in the late 1990’s where he earned a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and an MFA from California College of Arts and Crafts. Sanders’ fine art textiles have been exhibited locally and nationally. He has taught art and design at UC Davis, CCA, and City College San Francisco.
Notable projects and exhibitions include “C-Change” at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art San Francisco, “Out of Hand” at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts San Francisco, “Depth of Surface” at the San Francisco State University Fine Arts Gallery, and “The Mysterious Content of Softness” at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, Washington (Seattle area).
In 2016 Sanders completed an MA in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Expressive Art Therapy. Currently Sanders works as an intern therapist at an LGBT community counseling center providing low fee mental health counseling to the queer, poly, and kink community. Sanders is working towards becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Registered Expressive Art Therapist (REAT) in private practice.