C. Pazia Mannella
Read my World of Threads interview:
http://www.worldofthreadsfestival.com/ar

I believe the emotion and labor of the maker can be translated to the object. I am fascinated by the roles textiles play in human experience, unique among cultures, ideological classes, and racial identities. I discover that I have a wealth of material sources and aesthetic qualities from which I draw inspiration for my tactile sculptures, installations and wearables. Currently, the collision of floral Tudor English textile patterns and the electric rainbow of hues used by 1970’s rock artists inspire me. I am researching concert and publicity images of artists including David Bowie and the GTO’s (Girls Together Outrageously) and Tudor English embroidery and garment designs. Intense rainbow and neon colors vibrate in my work. Common contemporary materials like zippers, coffee filters, children’s barrettes, construction marking tape, ribbon or mirrored paillattes are transformed to mimic the splendor of historical textiles. Viewers can relate to my work because the materials I use pass through their hand or are worn on their body consistently throughout their lifetime. My artistic intention is to evoke excitement and emotion by subverting mundane, commonplace objects. I am fascinated by how for both time periods, the flamboyance of dress conveyed cultural ideals of power, wealth and will. I am drawn to the idea of fan badges and royal coats of arms. My intention is to illuminate the allegiance and pride in the symbolic representation of specific cultural identities.