Karl Williamson is a designer and educator. Originally from the United States he has lived in Guatemala with his wife Hellen Ascoli since 2012.
Although his work includes commercial product development and innovation strategy, his personal studio work probes the other side of the commercial design industry adding to the expanded design conversation that includes all cultural objects, alternative implementation of technology, and multiple, even contradictory, value propositions.
Hellen Ascoli is a Guatemalan artist, weaver and educator investigating material culture as a way to understand relationships and identity. Her studio practice stems from an emotional and analytical engagement to materials, body and space, which are used to map and understand complex systems of power and economics. In her education practice Ascoli seeks to create spaces of dialogue and reflexion in art spaces and classrooms by questioning the level of participation and interaction of viewer and student.
Since moving back to Guatemala in 2012 she teaches at Francisco Marroquín University and her projects include designing a mediation program for the 19th and 20th Paiz Biennal and creating an education program for Museo Ixchel of Indigenous Dress, where she currently is Director of Education
If you are interested in viewing more of her practice, you may visit her website at entretejidos.studio