Pamela Palma – Contemporary traditional timeless
Making the world a nicer place one thread at a time
Base of operations: Miami Beach
How to contact this artist: Contact form on www.pamelapalmadesigns.com
Background: See “About Pamela Palma” on my website. Pamelapalmadesigns.com
See also my anecdote in my “Contact” page in my website.
Tour: Not going to diss curators or exhibition directors.
Every show has its benefits.
I am grateful for opportunities to show my art to the public.
Career: I am a full time, career artist.
We don’t choose to become artists; Art chooses us. We either heed the call or we don’t. I did. I do.
I make art to add to the beauty and wonder of the natural world. I believe we need beauty in our lives to be well, to be grateful, to be joyful.
Inspiration: Where do ideas come from? This is esoteric. I attribute them to my personal Muses who whisper into my subconscious: use these colors, create this, make that statement, express a different reality.
I use a lot of color. Nature is filled with color. Nature is the ultimate visual artist. Everything else is derivative, emulative, acknowledgement of a force greater than oneself.
Outreach: I have a viable website, I post often on social media, I am director of PLY-Miami, an active fiber art guild engaged in community projects and fundraising (see pamelapalmadesigns.com/PLY-Miami)
I would like to see/start a textile art center to provide education and exhibition opportunities; to develop a textile industry creating usable products with recycled clothing. In Miami.
Medium: I have been attracted to the versatility of textiles since childhood. There are infinite ways to use yarn, thread, fibers, cloth as artistic expressions and as functional objects. Just wear your art! Just use your art!
I create fine art through weaving on looms (very complicated discipline) interlacing colors and textures with patterns. In addition to weaving, I knit, sew, design and make clothing and household items, I crochet, embroider, print fabrics, combine techniques…
Please correct the common misconception: Textile techniques are each separate and distinct methods of working with fibers. They are not adjectives for one thing. (Like dogs are not cats.)
Why here tho? It is beautiful here. We have an ocean with turquoise water, abundant flora and fauna – oh the magnificent birds!!
We have the richness of cultural diversity. It is a place like no other. It has been my home for nearly 30 years.
Favorites: I admire the work of Faith Ringgold who depicts stories through her pictorial quilts. I am nit a quilter but I admire those who are able to create this way using cloth, often just bits and pieces.
Also the Gees Bend quilters who are not artists yet produce magnificent works of textile art.
It is as if these women make something out of nothing. This work is often overlooked in the art world yet it is perhaps the least contrived an most meaningful.
I have no questions for any famous artists.
Suggestions: Being a true artist is an avocation. Either you are born to it or you are not. There are many commercially successful ‘artists’ who go to school to learn art formulas and produce volumes of work.
This is different from an artist who has a calling to create from her heart, from her soul.
True, one can hone her skills, learn new techniques in school but what comes from within cannot be taught. It can only be cultivated, nourished.
Life: Thank you fir encouraging and promoting local artists.
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