We first noticed the unique hand-knotted rugs of Amy Helfand at ICFF—and were really excited when she agreed to create a Playlist for us. Read on for this Red Hook, Brooklyn-based artist’s take on the tunes that keep her humming.
How do you listen? I most often listen through the computer speakers.
Do you have any favorite music websites/providers? I’ve recently been listening to Sugar in the Gourd, which is an old-time music Web radio station.
Does music influence your work? Sometimes it does. I have a piece called “Ragged Wandering” (image below) that had its roots in a song called “Left on Laura, Left on Lisa” by the Avett Brothers.
If your work was a song or a musician, what or who would it be? This is a hard question! I’d say it would have to be earthy and lyrical but with Technicolor, out-there moments. Interesting…I think I am a “sampler,” so to speak—an apprehender of images. Maybe someone in the pop music world who does this is Beck or Moby, but I wouldn’t necessarily associate my work with them at first thought.
- Ten Thousand Words, The Avett Brothers
- Missing One, Bonnie “Prince” Billy
- Sigh No More, Mumford and Sons
- Jokerman, Bob Dylan
- Airstream Driver, Gomez
- Slim Slow Slider, Van Morrison
- This Will Take Time, Jim Avett
- Oh No, KaiserCartel
- Persuasion, Richard Thompson
- To Ohio, The Low Anthem
- The Calculation, Regina Spektor
- Dirty Boulevard, Lou Reed
(Images: Amy Helfand)