Cynthia Alberto is an artist, weaver, teacher, and founder of Brooklyn-based weaving studio Weaving Hand. Her personal work as a fiber artist bridges traditional and contemporary weaving, drawing inspiration from ancient weavings of communities in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Cynthia honors the artisanal process of weaving while using unconventional materials to create explorations of form, structure, and function often addressing themes such as femininity, age, and beauty as it related to our culture today.
Through her studio Weaving Hand, Cynthia has continued to explore the relationship between weaving and healing. Through the studio, Cynthia as developed a curriculum to teach weaving as an inclusive, healing art. Focusing on the healing properties of weaving, Cynthia introduced Weaving Together in 2014, a series of collaborative weaving events which focus on healing a community by creating interpersonal relationships through the craft. Members from different communities are invited to bring recycled materials to weave alongside their neighbor. Since its beginning, Weaving Together has been held at Pioneer Works, The Ace Hotel, The Queens Museum of Art, and Building 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Cynthia is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in Textile and Surface Design and has exhibited her work worldwide. She was the recipient of the Dan River Weaving Award, The Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, Peters Valley Craft Center Art Educator Scholarship, Museum of Arts and Design Open Studio Residency, and Ace Hotel Artist in Residence. She is a resident artist at League Artists Natural Design in DUMBO, Brooklyn NY a studio and gallery that features work by adult artists living with disabilities.