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.

In-Between Thoughts

Focusing on the time “between”

A project focused on art as a reflective practice experimenting with color, fiber art, digital projection, and sound. This pilot project was done in the fall of 2019 to a small invited audience who gave feedback and critical reflection on the next steps to transform it into a larger scale participatory project.

Art is a necessary part of my life. The process of putting pencil to paper or looping needle and yarn help me process my thoughts and feelings 

Video and Images Credit: Jolleen Filio

Focusing on the process of creation frees up my mind to wander and problem-solve.  Seeing the line of color as it turns into form or image gives me insights into whatever is on my mind.  

There have been times in my practice, like now,  when I have enough space to dedicate to making. Whether I have space or not, playing with form and image clears my mind and focuses me on next steps, so over the years, the process has crept into practices that fit in between things.  Instead of weaving and dyeing, I knit more.  Instead of print-making, I papercut or make origami.  

When I lived in Spain, this process bubbled up through work with my students into oil-pastel drawings, that were focused both on final results and process. 

This short private showing was made up of works that instantiate different ways of recording and making visible the process and revelation of drawing and other art that fits in-between. 

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.

UNTIED-UNITED: Stronger Together

Posted on Dec 14th, 2016 - By Allida - 0 Comments

FLY’s weekend was inspiring and magical.  We made a web of interconnectedness at DIYpsi, which we titled “Untied-United.”  It’s now…

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In-between Thoughts

Posted on Oct 8th, 2019 - By Allida - 0 Comments

Art is a necessary part of my life. The process of putting pencil to paper or looping needle and yarn help me process my thoughts and feelings…

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Social Distance Drawing

Posted on Mar 19th, 2020 - By Allida - 0 Comments

Doodling is a great way to get things off of your mind, and right now, there are a lot of things on everyone's minds. In order to doodle with my…

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A red photo album on my colorful concentric circle rag rug in my apartment in Boston.

On the Journey: But What About the Leaves

Posted on Mar 23rd, 2020 - By Allida - 0 Comments

When I was visiting my father over winter break, I unearthed documentation of artwork that I did twenty years ago.  It is funny to think of…

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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 vacation.  They…

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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 weather,…

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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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