Mark McMenamin | March 01, 2012
The hanger sculptures first met their public in a sprawling wall installation commissioned by Interior Design Hall of Fame member Rysia Suchecka, a principal at NBBJ-staffers dutifully collected the requisite 5,000 hangers. Then Gensler principal and design director Mark Morton volunteered to curate an exhibition at the firm's New York office. "I asked them to make this commission an educational opportunity as well," she says. That meant "enrolling" two dozen Gensler designers in a course of Monday-night weaving classes. Those hours of teaching technique and experimenting with structure culminated in "Salvage," running through mid-May. Discarded hangers, plastic bags, paper pulp, and fiber-optic cable all appear in Tick's 22 weavings, which hang proudly alongside works by her Gensler students.