C. Pazia Mannella
Contemporary and historical textile patterns, embroidery and garment designs are the inspiration for my sculptures. Intense rainbow and neon colors vibrate in my work. The symbolic imagery of flowers, laurels, and wreaths represent cultural ideals of power, wealth and will. Common contemporary materials, zippers, coffee filters, children’s barrettes, construction-marking tape, ribbon and mirrored paillattes, are used to mimic the splendor of historical textiles and architectural embellishment. I feel we live in a material world, however, we have lost the necessity and desire to create because of the availability of disposable goods that are industrially made. I reflect upon contemporary industrialization and global outsourcing of material processes impacting the environment. I am researching the influence of textile and chemical dye polluting and the disposable nature of contemporary fashion and home furnishing industries.

Upcoming Workshop:
Painting with Needles | Instructor: C. Pazia Mannella

Muskegon Museum of Art Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge Workshop
296 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon, MI 49440

Thursday, August 20 through Saturday, August 22, 2015
9:00 am – 4:00 pm (hour lunch)
Cost: $300/$260 MMA member ($150 non-refundable)
Materials are included in workshop cost.

Learn to create textile paintings with embroidery, applique, and needle felting. Traditional and alternative needle technique will be explored on fabric, canvas, and paper. Images, textures, and patterns will be rendered in colored fiber. Ideal for all skill levels—adults, teens, and children. We will examine and discuss work exhibited in Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge for inspiration.

To register, call 231.720.2571 by June 26, 2015.