Erin Kirchner received their Bachelor in Fine Arts in Fiber from the Maryland Institute College of Art (M.I.C.A.). Kirchner was a NIKE Air Max Material Design Intern in summer 2018 and represented MICA at the Biodesign Challenge in 2017 and 2018. Their latest collaboration, KeraSynth, has been mentioned in digital press from Smithsonian.com, Medium: Neo.Life, and PETA.
Kirchner's practice stems from the ways that materials form as well as their reaction to touch, cuts, sewing, and dye-based chemical reactions. Interacting with materials through fiber and research-based processes allows Kirchner to understand materials' limits as well as their conceptual potential. Through this collaboration with their materials, Kirchner gains a greater understanding of what needs to be done to develop a sustainable practice that lays the groundwork for future makers. Kirchner utilizes fiber-based and digital-based processes for object-making because the time needed to accomplish these processes gives Kirchner the time needed to process and understand the experiences of their body and oppressed bodies.
Conceptually, this dialogue and collaboration enables Kirchner to create empathy and awareness for experiences of "other" bodies and allows others to imagine new ways of living and existing in space.