Michael-Birch Pierce

Michael-Birch Pierce (M.F.A., fibers, 2015)

Pierce is a fiber artist and fashion designer. He has interned for Diane von Furstenberg, designed and embroidered Christmas decorations for the Obama White House, and served as stylist for AndrĂ© Leon Talley’s Little Black Dress costume exhibition. He has completed artist residencies in Hong Kong and Lacoste, France, and exhibited in numerous galleries and museums both domestically and abroad. Pierce has performed his embroidered portraits at Design/Miami, SXSW, and NY Fashion Week. He is the recipient of the 2015 Pollak Prize in Applied Arts. 

Michael-Birch Pierce’s work is an intimate study of the self we choose to share and the authenticity of interaction. Couched in the superficiality of high fashion and costume, he uses traditional embroidery techniques to elevate cheap and gaudy materials into precious, tenuous structures.

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