I make tactile drawings with stitching lines. My work often takes the shape of densely textured coverings and books to be seen and handled from multiple sides. For me, these objects are conceptual and functional. They open and close, fold and unfold messages and meanings through the manipulation of surfaces and layers. My lines derive from investigations into spatial experience at various scales, from bodies to buildings to landscapes. An ethics of material reuse informs my work, and I ritually experiment with giving new forms to off-cuts. —Jess Blaustein