This year is unfolding for me as a time of slow mindful work. Living my daily life, supporting my loved ones, practicing yoga, playing with my knitting machine (finally more in-depth), making clothes, meals, poetry…Textile is still a source of inspiration a deep meaning for me, so I am slowly working on a new wall […]

Inner Garden

Inner Garden is an embodied reflection on being human, exploring the depths of our potential, creation and procreation. It is a place of practice, a practice of getting in touch with our body, senses, energy, feelings and emotions.  Through an exploration of our own inner world we can enter the space of resonance with the whole, where we can […]

Alya Hessy, Inner Garden, 2020


A rectangle as a tabula rasa, a space of possibilities, and a minimal action – a slit through this space, which opens up the in-between space between here and there. The rectangle becomes an ambiguous object in between a sculpture and a painting, with references to the body, clothing and space. This installation is in […]

Alya Hessy - Emptiness

Space Around My Neck

This installation was created in 2019 for Ærø Kunsthal, Ærøskøbing, Denmark. The red neckpieces are arranged in the space creating an uncanny atmosphere.

Alya Hessy - Space Around My Neck


This work is a reflection on liminality, focussing on adolescence as an in-between state.

Alya Hessy - Sixteen - 2018


This work explores the notion of time, using the medium of textile and the construction of knitting as a visual language.

Alya Hessy - Gravity


An exploration of the qualities of weaving as a textile language. After the intense red of the Red and Empty project this red is muted, yet not less potent. Weaving by hand on a simple frame gives the work the irregularities and imperfections which make it unique andAn ode to the female body.

Post Red detail

Over and Under

What is knitting really about? I wanted to get inside and really feel it. I wanted to know what it means to “go through the loop”. I had a wild fantasy about two bodies turning into a pair of knitting needles, coming together and going apart, working a giant ball of wool into a delicate […]

Reaching Out / Handreiking

Participatory performance at Craft in Focus (Ambacht in Beeld) FestivalDe Hallen, Amsterdam, September 23-24, 2017 Ik wil het tempo vertragen. Ik wil de tijd nemen om te kijken hoe iets wordt gemaakt. Ik wil het materiaal met mijn handen aanraken, het beroeren, me bewust worden van mijn tactiele zintuigen. Ik wil voelen dat ik er […]

Alya Hessy - Handreiking - 2017

Neither Nor Both

The installation was a part of the Chintz: Cotton In Bloom exhibition at the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, March 11 – September 10, 2017.