Michael-Birch shared their art, fashion and wisdom on textiles as expressions of identity.

Photography by Shawn Stone | Videography Joey Tran of Double Take | Additional Production by Todd Waldo, Seagram AV

About the speaker

Michael-Birch Pierce is a fiber artist and fashion designer. They received a B.F.A. in fashion design from VCU where they now teach Fashion Design and Arts Foundation. They also studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design for an M.F.A. in fibers with a focus on embroidery and embellishment. Pierce has interned for Diane von Furstenberg, designed and embroidered Christmas decorations for the Obama White House, and served as stylist for André Leon Talley’s Little Black Dress costume exhibition.

They have completed artist residencies in Hong Kong and Lacoste, France and exhibited in numerous galleries and museums both domestically and abroad. They have embroidered portraits at the Oscars, the Super Bowl, Design/Miami, and SXSW. Michael-Birch’s work can currently be seen at Quirk Charlottesville, Linden Row Inn and next month at the 35th International Festival de Mode in Hyeres, France.

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