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By Selamawit Alene

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NTERWOVEN Connecting Cultures through Art Solo exhibition by Rukmini Read Nyce on Saturday 9th of November until the 30th. Rukmini is an American textile and fiber artist who is
interested in connecting cultures through art. Most of her pieces intertwine a mix of Ethiopian weaving traditions and weaving styles and techniques of South America. These unique handwoven art pieces include natural, cultural and historical elements not only from Ethiopia but also from her travels around the world.

Rukmini Read Nyce is an American Textile & Fiber Artist who was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. At eighteen, she started a career as a Wildland Firefighter for the USDA Forest Service and worked in National Forests across the United States for close to fifteen years. She met her husband, Christopher Nyce, while she was working in Washington, D.C. as a Writer/Editor. Her husband’s passion for travel prompted them to switch careers and ultimately landed him a job as a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State. Rukmini followed her husband across the globe thirteen years ago. Together, they have three beautiful daughters who have lived overseas their entire lives. Ethiopia is the sixth country that her and her family have called home. Before moving to Addis Ababa, Rukmini was posted in Santiago, Chile where she fell in love with weaving. She refers to herself as a ‘nomadic artist’ who gains inspiration from the culture and environment in the countries she has lived. She believes strongly in connecting to the local culture and celebrating history by incorporating artifacts into her handwoven art. Her passion for weaving textiles and fiber continues here in Addis Ababa where she is able to combine the ancient traditions embedded into the Ethiopian culture with South American weaving styles and techniques. Interwoven showcases a blend of traditions and culture and tells a story piece by piece. Interwoven is the first exhibition for Rukmini.

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