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 […]


THREAD was presented during the spring edition of the 2017 Textile Symposium by Textielcommissie Nederland. During the intense 10 minutes a story unfolds in the language of body, textiles and music. First there was a dot The dot continued into a line The line became a thread — an offer of possibilities The thread was wound […]

Alya Hessy - Thread - 2017

One – Two – Three

This project was a collaboration with a choreographer Son of Mom, who created a performance he called W3. SonOfMom reflects about the W3 as “a choreographic gesture which problematizes the current state of European democratic affairs and identity whilst projecting on archetypal constructs of a woman through the exposure of three artists; a Mother, a Goddess […]

Noren – Space In Between

A Japanese craftsman.His material is alive. He looks at it, he smells it, he feels it.He sifts some rice powder in his bowl and adds water.Water is very clear in Chiba, that’s why he moved here.He picks up his wooden pestle. It absorbs the warmth of his hands. He starts stirring. The mixture is very […]

Alya Hessy - Noren Space In Between - 2014

The Island

A research about the Ainu of the island Hokkaido (Japan). The Ainu used to live on the islands of Kurily, Sakhalin, Tohuku and Hokkaido. Through out the history their islands were passed to and fro among the Russian Empire, Japan and (later) Soviet Union. A Hole, a Door and a Tree A hole is a […]

Alya Hessy, The Island, 2013

Enacted Magazine

The starting point of the project was an article about a Russian poet Joseph Brodsky in the American Vogue 1973. It was just a year after he had been expelled from the USSR. From Exile to Vogue A Russian poet Joseph Brodsky appears in the American Vogue in 1973 a year after being sent into […]

Alya Hessy - Enacted Magazine - 2012