stephanie syjuco




> Neutral Calibration Studies (Ornament + Crime)
> Neutral Orchids
> Cargo Cults
> Money Factory (An Economic Reality Game)
> Empire Gardens
> Hecho en Cuba (Made in Cuba)
> Artificial Currencies
> Dazzle Camouflage at Workshop Residence
> Public Pedagogy
> Market Forces
> American Rubble (Lancaster Avenue)
> The Fabricators (Tbilisi Edition)
> This is Not the Berlin Wall
> Dirty Works
> Copystand Books (Kronika Edition)
> Dazzle Camouflage Projects
> Cascadian Pattern Collapse
> Modern Ruins (Popular Cannibals)
> Re-Mediation Lab
> Afghanicraftistan
> Empire/Other
> Ultimate Fabrication Challenge (Fauxrijuana)
> The Precariat (Material Witnesses)
> Cargo Cults: Object Agents
> Neutral Displays (Small Dilemmas)
> Ultimate Vision (Dazzle Camouflage)
> Ornament and Crime (Villa Savoye)
> Speculative Propositions
> Excess Capital
> FREE TEXTS: An Open Source Reading Room
> The International Orange Commemorative Store (A Proposition)
> Phantoms (H_RT F D_RKN_SS)
> Pattern Migration
> Shadowshop
> Learning to Love You (All)
> Particulate Matter: Things, Thingys, Thingies
> notMOMA
> COPYSTAND: An Autonomous Manufacturing Zone
> Custom Transitional Utility Object (Morris Mover)
> Temporal Aggregate (Borrowed Beuys)
> Anti-Factory Bristol
> Towards a New Theory of Color Reading
> The Berlin Wall
> Counterfeit Crochet Project (Critique of a Political Economy)

Black Markets 
Self Constructions 








Leading counterfeiting workshops at Garanti Gallery, Istanbul, September 2007. Photo by Evren Uzer.

"Creating Knockoff Logos:" a downloadable PDF instructional guide

Counterfeiting workshop area installed at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, March 2008.

Counterfeiting workshop area installed at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, March 2008.

Exhibited as part of "Forged Realities," UniversalStudios Gallery, Beijing, China, April 2007.
Featuring works by seven makers: Kat (Tokyo), Suzy (New Haven, CT), Jennie (Kingsville, OH), Nicole (Jackson, MS), Carrie (TN), Katie (UK), Stephanie (San Francisco, CA)

The Counterfeit Crochet Project (Critique of a Political Economy)
2006 - present

Global collaborative project, travelled to Beijing, Istanbul, Manila, Milan, Berlin, Karlsruhe, Goteborg, Los Angeles, New York, Milwaukee, Jonkoping, and San Francisco.

Project website:


Watch KQED's SPARK* documentary segment, May 2008


I created a website soliciting crocheters to join me in hand-counterfeiting designer handbags: Fendi, Gucci, Chanel, Prada, etc. Participants troll the internet and choose a design that they particularly covet, working off of low-resolution jpgs which they download. The final results may or may not bear resemblance to the originals, which also interests me.

The resulting "translations" are both homages and lumpy mutations. Crochet is considered a lowly medium, and the limitations imposed by trying to create detail with yarn takes advantage of the individual maker's ingenuity and problem-solving skills.

I am also interested in how this project can be similar to contemporary manufacturing and distribution channels. As a collaboration it parallels the idea of "outsourcing" labor, but also adds a democratic and perhaps anarchic level of creativity--within the basic framework, participants have taken liberties with their translations, changing colors, adding materials (cardboard, hot glue, etc.) to suit their needs.

Makers are encouraged to keep and wear their bags, in an attempt to insert strange variants into the stream of commerce and consumption. I ask for people to send me snapshots of their items to share with others.

This is an ongoing global project, with makers in from all over the world. Visit the official website for more information, downloadable PDF instructions and images.

In 2007 the project travelled to Manila, Beijing, and Istanbul for exhibitions and counterfeiting workshops. In 2008 it was expanded into a free-standing installation/workshop/display area for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for the exhibition "The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art & Politics."

Diana's Dior

xNicole's Dolce & Gabbana