GABRIELLE OHLSON

GABRIELLE
OHLSON


I am a senior at Pomona College studying art and programming—engaging with both disciplines has allowed me to approach social justice and creativity from a variety of different perspectives and platforms.

I work with knitwear and coding as my primary media because they enable me to create resources I want to see in the world if they do not exist. To me, knitting is everything at once—it’s accessible beyond the art world conceptually and as a practice, yet it can convey complex ideas and involve extensive artistic & technological elements.

I also like to tell stories through my work, so my knits often involve a lot of text and symbolism. Sometimes the stories are personal, sometimes they’re larger than me.

EDGY GRANDMA

EDGY
GRANDMA

is my alter-ego. She doesn’t give a f*%ck.  By that I mean, she is fearless, confident, and self determined in every way that I'd like to be.

We coded this website together with a focus on interactivity, conceptual design, and a fusion of modern-art & retro-tech aesthetics.

My experience as a neurodivergent creator largely influences both my work and the way I interact with everything around me; it has motivated my pursuit of research that seeks to accommodate individuals whose needs are not typically met by traditional modes of product development, data collection, and design. EDGY GRANDMA represents this intense dedication to ideation and tendency towards inventive adaptation by embodying characteristics that are not natural for me to access as a result of my disabilities.