Michael Swaine is currently building the Free Mending Library in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco. It is located at 509 Ellis, a location recently rededicated as the Tenderloin National Forest by the Luggage Store gallery. It is a library for fixing the holes in our lives—a place to borrow thread and sewing machines and talk about life.
Michael has been an analog designer with Futurefarmers since 1998. The organization's interdisciplinary projects range from fingerprint video games to bingo to an outdoor mapping workshop in Toronto.
Michael's work is always collaborative in nature. It has been included in exhibitions at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art; and the Exploratorium, San Francisco. Michael also teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Adjunct Professor, Ceramics