Computer Tours: Sammi Skolmoski

Updated: Jul 22


Before ever meeting Sammi, I’d heard about her creative practice: “She has stations,” I was told, “She moves from sewing station to writing station to fabric dye station, and so on.” Many of these stations rely on machines, and I was curious to learn more about how her digital life sustains the intersections between them, while also dealing with the accumulation of text as a professional writer. In our conversation, we were able to touch on the impulse and structure of digital collecting, how parts of our digital processes feel universal—but aren’t, and how machines affect one another.


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Sammi Skolmoski is an artist and writer from Chicago. She currently works as a staff writer at The Onion and a cartoonist at The New Yorker. | sammiskolmoski.com

 

This interview was conducted on October 17, 2021, at Sammi’s home in Chicago. The transcription has been edited for clarity.


Sammi, hello! Welcome, & thank you

Thank you for having me. It’s weird that I’m not facing you…

We’re side-by-side, sitting in Sammi’s beautiful home/office/studio surrounded by—what’s surrounding us? What are these things?

Tufting frames.

A cozy home studio with various books, tufting frames, wall art, and a desktop computer nestled amidst it all.
Sammi's home studio in Chicago: featuring books, sewing materials, and her computer.

Tufting frames, lots of books, a sewing machine…

Wholesale rolls of industrial fabric—

Plants.

And a microfiche viewer that I got off free Craigslist. You know, the necessities.

A jar of pom-poms… and, your computer!