As a contemporary fiber artist Heather has focused primarily on color, pattern, texture, distortion and memory. Her use of color and pattern arose out of childhood experiences steeped in the material culture of the Midwest in the 1980s and early 1990s. Macali’s work has recently been published in the books: Art Yellow Book #1 by Leejin Kim, Digital Jacquard Design by Julie Holyoke and Textiles: The Art of Mankind by Mary Schoeser. She worked in the fashion industry for four years as a print and pattern designer at Abercrombie & Fitch and La Senza. Macali grew up in Munroe Falls, Ohio and received her Bachelors of Arts in Crafts from Kent State University. She continued her art research and development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison receiving her Masters of Fine Arts in Textiles in 2009. Macali currently resides in Detroit, Michigan working as a fiber artist and a professor at Wayne State University.