Allida Warn is an artist, teacher, and researcher with a practice in Socially Engaged Art (SEA). She creates participatory projects in order to share and learn with others. She loves the ephemeral and the interconnected. She creates contemplative personal work primarily in the disciplines of printmaking, fiber, and non-traditional materials. Allida’s SEA practices range through most artistic media and bridge academic disciplines through collaborations that she cultivates with disciplinary experts from anthropology and geology to engineering and math.

Collaborative and Social Projects

There is a tension in creating socially engaged work between breaking through boundaries and creating connections between people so that they gain critical awareness of differences that create dissonant systems.

In my work, I tend to create opportunities for learning through imaginative narrative or metaphorical abstraction. The piece above leverages the metaphor of weaving with different choices, textures, and motions to create a literal social fabric. You can read more about it in these two posts.

March Spring Winds

Posted on Apr 9th, 2021 - By Allida - 0 Comments

https://vimeo.com/531040168 A sequential animation with improvisational flute using a Japanese pentatonic scale. March Spring Winds is a contemplation on tensions that coincide as seasonal change…

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Looking Back, Looking Forward

Posted on Dec 14th, 2020 - By Allida - 0 Comments

https://vimeo.com/195641581 Four years ago this weekend, in the midst of concern over the potential for our country to unravel after the 2016 election, I had an opportunity at the last minute to…

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Songs of Urban Ecology: Cathedral of M-14 Fugue

Posted on May 14th, 2020 - By Allida - 0 Comments

What spaces around you do you ignore? Stop, Observe, Listen. https://vimeo.com/412973474 The Second Song to Urban Ecology, this one was actually begun first. It was originally a photo…

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Make it Out of the Ordinary: Pixel Magic

Posted on May 1st, 2020 - By Allida - 0 Comments

We are all living in a surreal moment, so this next creative prompt leans on the Surrealist practice of collaborative drawing to connect our FOOLmoon CommUNITY.   Over the next few weeks…

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Make it Out of the Ordinary: Faux Luminariaux

Posted on Apr 24th, 2020 - By Allida - 0 Comments

This post about making something “Out of the Ordinary” is the first of several I will be doing in collaboration with WonderFool Productions as a part of their new initiative, FOOLmoon…

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First Song to Urban Ecology: Jamaicaway Matins

Posted on Apr 3rd, 2020 - By Allida - 0 Comments

https://vimeo.com/403553049 While natural systems and cities are symbiotic everywhere, there are huge equity gaps across the globe. Higher income areas have more access to open space, and…

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How to Make: Shadow Puppet Machine for FOOLmoon Reimagined

Posted on Mar 28th, 2020 - By Allida - 0 Comments

For FossilFOOLs, I created a work of arts-based research about how city-dwellers access nature combining digital animation and found sounds to highlight the ways that nature is affected by and yet…

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Bedouin Cocoon: Spring 2001

Posted on Mar 26th, 2020 - By Allida - 0 Comments

The unexpected places in which surprises happen are the places where invention happens.  Whatever plans I made, the process of creating and performing forced me to push my…

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ABC Segovia

Posted on Jun 28th, 2009 By Allida 0 Comments

To see the video, click here or on the photo above*   This project was done with three little girls, a family with whom I went on a…

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Itsy Bitsy Spider Projects

Posted on Jul 4th, 2009 - By Allida - 0 Comments

This is a lesson which I prepared to teach EFL students in Spain.  In it they practice numbers, learn to indicate up and down, practice the…

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Fractal Collars

Posted on Mar 5th, 2012 - By Allida - 0 Comments

Last weekend, I had an extraordinary experience.  At the College Arts Association Conference, I met several people through my Fractal Necklaces.…

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Red and white exercise on symmetry and mirroring


Posted on Jun 10th, 2012 - By Allida - 0 Comments

This week I was digging through some old image files for one reason and another.  This one stood out as something interesting. It was done…

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Goings On About Town

Posted on Jun 5th, 2013 - By Allida - 1 Comment

Though my drawing a day project has once again fizzled, I have in fact been making art nearly every day.  When I started the project, my…

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