Artist post: DEPEH
Graffiti artist, textile artist, freelance designer
From Miami Dade County
Currently based in Valencia, Spain
Where do I start. I first got introduced into the world of rugs on a special trip to India around 2014. I noticed that many households used rugs or pillows instead of chairs, and that really stuck with me ever since. After that trip I contacted rug makers in India to do a commissioned rug of one of my designs. Once I received the quote of over 800 bucks for one I figured that I should look into making them myself! This was around 2017ish so much of my info came from watching obscure videos of warehouse workers in Asia making these beautiful rugs with tufting guns. Once I had discovered the name of the tool (tufting gun) I instantly bought one and haven’t looked back since.
My work is based on many things, mainly graffiti; specifically the characters. I always love researching vintage characters and comics (a common theme of graffiti characters) and try to incorporate them in my work. I usually like my work to look fun and whimsical but thats not always the case as I try to push and change my style constantly. I’d hate to be stagnant and produce the same kind of work all the time. At the moment, the rugs I’ve been making are very colorful and vibrant. I enjoy color theory and that’s probably the one thing I got out of college that I use on a day to day basis.