Steph Gorin

​Unapologetic feminist fiber artist Steph Gorin’s baskets and

art yarn installations examine the current state of gender equality

through the real-life experiences of women around the world. 


Her interest in gender issues took root when she served as

a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco in the mid-1990s. As a

woman living in an overwhelmingly male-dominated society for

two and a half years, Steph personally experienced sexual

harassment and gender discrimination and observed the

unequal treatment of Moroccan women. 

Steph’s Peace Corps experience profoundly altered her 

understanding of the status of gender equality in the world and

left her intent on contributing to its realization.  This interest

lead her to Harvard University, where she earned a Masters

Degree in International Education Policy and Gender, and a

career in International Development in the field of education.  She spent several years conducting USAID-funded research on gender and education in Africa- including Nigeria, Malawi, Ghana, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, and Lesotho.  

In the midst of her travels and halfway through a PhD program at the University of Maryland, Steph unexpectedly discovered her passion for fiber art.  She soon found herself in the midst of the modern art yarn movement. It was her first creative endeavor since earning a BA in Creative Writing. Six months later, she had quit her job, dropped out of school, and founded Loop Fiber Studio.  Since 2007, Steph has created and sold one-of-a-kind art yarn and art fiber under her Loop label. 


​As an artist, Steph continues her inquiry into gender issues and gender inequality. Using non-traditional materials often juxtaposed with traditional forms, she investigates the tension between the modern gender movement and gender norms / traditions.   Steph’s work explores the current state of gender equality throughout the world, often referencing relevant social media hashtags to bring attention to emerging issues.  


EXHIBITIONS

"Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America"
Travelling Exhibition (venues below) 2017-2020

  • Museum of Art and Archeology, University of Missouri - 2017
  • 108 Contemporary, Tulsa OK - 2017
  • Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel MS - 2017
  • Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA - 2018
  • Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston TX - 2018
  • South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings North SD - 2018
  • Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA - 2019
  • The Ruth Funk Center for Textiles, Melbourne FL - 2019


"Viridian's 29th Annual International Juried Competition" - Juried Exhibition 

Viridian Artists Gallery, New York NY - 2018


"Fiber National 2018" - Juried Exhibition

Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton VA - 2018


“Women by Women” - Group Exhibition  
Blue Door Arts Center, Yonkers NY - 2018

“Everybody Cryin’ Justice” - Group Exhibition
Garner Arts Center, Garnerville NY - 2017

“Emerging Artists Showcase”  - Group Exhibition
Fiber Arts Now - 2016

“The Dutchtown 6”  - Group Exhibition 
Historical Society of Rockland County Museum - 2016

"New Textiles / 3D" - Pat Hickman, Steph Gorin, and Anna Fine-Foer
Garner Arts Center, Garnerville NY - 2015

"Artoberfest" - Group Exhibition
Garner Arts Center, Garnerville NY - 2014

"Re-imagine Garner"  - Group Exhibition
Garner Arts Center, Garnerville NY - 2013

"Resurrection" - Group Exhibition
Garner Arts Center, Garnerville NY - 2012


PUBLICATIONS

Gorin, S. (2017). #bringbackourgirls [Sculptural basket in metal, vinyl and paper]. 
        In K. Schwain and J. Stealey, Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America 
        (p. 136). Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing.(Original work 2015)

Gorin, S. (2016). #bringbackourgirls [Sculptural basket in metal, vinyl and paper].
        In Stefanie Gerber Darr and Jo Stealey: Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry 
        in America. Surface Design Journal, Spring, 2016.


EDUCATION

Masters Degree from Harvard University in International Education Policy and Gender (2002)

BA from Hunter College in Creative Writing (1992)