July 4, 2017: Cutler Bay held its 50th Annual 4th of July Celebration in Whispering Pines Park. I was commissioned to lead an interactive weaving workshop for kids and families. Let me just say, kids love to weave! Most had never tried it before and were very eager to use their hands creatively. They were great! They didn’t know it but they used creative problem solving, spatial relationships, color harmonies, sequential thinking, and more. They just knew they were having fun, making something colorful and textural, with their hands. No fidget spinners needed. Girls and boys of all ages and abilities participated. Look at these proud faces!
Beginning Weaving Level 1 Start here! I supply an easy to use rigid heddle loom, shuttles, yarns, and individualized instructions. Bring your imagination and I will guide your creativity. Learn the basics, weave a lovely decorative wall panel or two or three! Class size is limited! Register Now. Beginning Weaving, Level 1
Beginning Weaving Level 2 Tried it, loved it! Do more! Level 2 is for anyone with some weaving experience. Weave amazing things on a rigid heddle loom! Try new techniques! Add texture, experiment with color – be bold! Create a wear-able or a wall-able. Your choice. Loom, shuttles, yarn, instructions included. Class size is limited. Register Now! Beginning Weaving Level 2
Intermediate Weaving on 4 Shafts This is the next step for serious weavers. 4-Shaft table looms have loads of pattern options for Intermediate Weavers. See what you can weave with Twills – choose from an assortment of diagonal weaves including herringbones, diamonds and triangle patterns. This class is available by special arrangement. Call to schedule then register online Intermediate Weaving on 4 Shafts
Advanced Weaving on a Floor Loom Floor loom weaving is holistic and very freeing! Your feet raise and lower the shafts while your hands throw the shuttles, your whole body grooves to the rhythm of the loom! Not as complicated as it may seem. Just follow the steps and the system works like magic! No wonder we have been weaving since before the beginning of time! 4-shaft and 8-shaft floor looms. This class is available by special arrangement. Call to schedule then register online. Advanced Weaving on Floor Loom
CLASSES IN THE COMMUNITY
Interactive Weaving Demo, Annual 4th of July Celebration at Whispering Pines Park, Cutler Bay. 9 – 1. Fun for kids and adults. Try your hand at weaving, check out the quilters, be part of the parade and more!
ONE DAY WORKSHOP Introduction to Weaving. August 5, 9:30 – 4:30 at the Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach. Learn simple weaving techniques, create your own artistic cloth. Take home a delightful pillow front, wall panel, or table runner. No experience necessary, all levels welcome. Equipment, instructions, and materials are provided. Register here Armory Art Center
ART ON VIEW – OUT AND ABOUT
Visit Florida at Florida CraftArt Gallery, St. Petersburg. Through June 17.
John Lennon – Give Peace a Chance at Studio 18 in the Pines, Pembroke Pines, FL. Opens June 23.
Temple Scripts – Inanna at Studio 18 in the Pines, Pembroke Pines, FL. Opens August 11.
Summer is upon us here in South Florida! Time to start your indoor activities! May I suggest for those on or traveling to the Gulf Coast, visit the Florida CraftArt Gallery in St. Petersburg, see the marvelous Contemporary Fiber in Florida exhibition. While you are there look for Visit Florida l and Visit Florida ll, my woven fiber art wall manuscripts and tell me what you think. The show is up until June 17; all artwork is for sale.
In June, come see my tribute to John Lennon, Give Peace a Chance, at Studio 18 in Pembroke Pines. The exhibition is Rockin! The Story of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The exhibition opens June 23. It is great to see fiber art exhibitied with painting and photography!
Speaking of being indoors, my May weaving classes begin this week! Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 1 – 4 pm. You will create a fabulous artsy wall piece while you learn the fundamentals of loom weaving. It is easy and fun. All materials, use of my looms and equipment, plus access to my wealth of knowledge are included in class fees. Pick your day, reserve your loom. Space is limited. Register now! What will you weave?
Fantastic Fibers Miami! The fiber guild is open to anyone who works in any fiber medium who is willing to work in harmony with others. We are making the world a better place, one thread at a time. We meet on the 4th Saturday of every month in my studio, Pamela Palma Designs. Our current projects include the secret fiber book which is currently circulating; and coming up very soon, June 10, is World Wide Knit in Public Day. Last year we were among 1015 venues in 57 countries who knitted in public, attracting more than 50 fiber people, including children! Join us at PAMM from 12 – 5. Admission to the museum is free. Knit what you like or learn a new stitch. Join us in knitting embellishments for the chain link fences at Omni Park. This Yarn Bombing event will happen on October 28, in conjunction with PAMM’s community education programming. Join the Guild. Make the world a better place!
I am pleased that two of my woven wall panels, Visit Florida l and Visit Florida ll are in the coming exhibition in St Petersburg, Florida: Contemproary Fiber in Florida at the Florida CraftArt Gallery.
Hand woven on my 4-shaft table loom, these artworks are comprised of silk and my hand dyed mohair yarns, interwoven with tourist maps of Tampa Bay and US currency. Shown in the promo card just below the word “Events” is Visit Florida ll. The peninsula we know as Florida has long been water dominant with Nature controlling its flow in support of our unique ecosystem. In recent history, Water Management has taken the reins, redistributed, redirected, and regulated Nature’s intentions. Our sparkling Bays are filled, dredged, and reconfigured to accommodate tourism and development. Our River of Grass is diminished. My art further reconfigures the land and water masses to remind us of how our economic values impact geographic structure and native ecology.
Weaving Classes continue! Thursdays, Fridays, or Saturdays. Each course is 3 classes over 3 weeks for 3 hours. See a pattern here? 3,3,3. Details, dates HERE. What will you weave? Classes include use of looms, shuttles, and gorgeous yarns + individualized instructions. I will guide you to hand weave specifically to your taste! Register today. Class size is limited! Shown, left: Wall hanging, hand woven by beginning student, Ana. Beautiful work!
April 28 at the Armory Art Center, WPB
One-day Weaving Workshop especially for my “northern” friends in Broward, Palm Beach and Martin Counties (hey- you are north of Miami-Dade!) at the Armory Art Center, April 28. I will be bringing my rigid heddle looms, shuttles, and large assortment of gorgeous yarns for you to use that day. This workshop is for anyone, regardless of experience! Weave a pillow cover, a tote bag, a wall hanging ~ your choice! I will guide you to create your own art fabric. Details and registration HERE
DATES TO REMEMBER: FANTASTIC FIBERS MIAMI meets on the 4th Saturday of each month at my studio. Please RSVP! April 22, May 27, June 24, July 22. We are currently working on our secret Book Project! Please bring yours, wrapped or boxed, to the next meeting to exchange.
Last but not least, June 10 is WORLD WIDE KNIT IN PUBLIC DAY! Fantastic Fibers is registered. Members will be at PAMM from 12 – 5 in the Learning Auditorium in air conditioned comfort. Projects TBA. Open to the public, free event!
Good news! Now Beginning Weaving is on Saturdays, for your convenience. Check the schedule for WEAVING CLASSES in April, May, June and July and sign up to weave!
Level 1 Weaving for Beginners Don’t know your warp from your weft? This is for you! Classes are on Thursdays or Saturdays from 1 – 4 for 3 consecutive weeks. Your choice, Thursday or Saturday.
Level 2 for Weaving for Beginners Have with some rudimentary experience? Increase your weaving skills. Level 2 is your answer. On Fridays or Saturdays from 1 – 4. Each course is 3 consecutive weeks. Your choice, Friday or Saturday.
More good news! For those who want a one-day crash course in weaving, come to the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach on April 28, 2017 and get your craft on! All the details here Introduction to Weaving with Pamela Palma. I am providing easy looms, shuttles, and beautiful yarns for your art works. 9:30 – 4:30. Bring a lunch and let’s have some fibery fun!
Spring Equinox Fiber Art Sale at Pamela Palma Designs. Look what is half price this week! 2 Turquoise Minis! Each is 5″ x 7″ (approx), hand woven with silk and other fibers, embellished with feathers and silver beads. Ready to hang.
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Let the Madness begin!!! Each week Pamela Palma Designs will feature an artwork at a really reduced price for you! It is bargain time! Time to move out some well loved pieces to make room for some newly imagined artworks. Today’s magnificence is a mixed media tapestry inspired by John Lennon. His famous song is a peaceful protest designed to make us realize that Peace is Possible. What better time than now to remember his anthem, Give Peace A Chance. Hand woven with yarns I dyed in the studio, his poem is reconfigured, hand lettered on paper tinted with water colors. Originally priced at $600.00 this 24″ x 24″ weaving is now ONLY $300.00!!!
Buy Now with secure PayPal. Give Peace A Chance in your life at home or work.
One of my favorite things ever is a day at the beach. The ocean over here is always fresh and new, ever changing in color and texture. It is a marvelous invention of Mother Nature, this enormous body of salt water. It can refresh and invigorate with a quick dip or simply by being in its presence. This tapestry is my woven tribute to Mother Ocean. I call it Miami Beach – High Tide. The turquoise water, the frothy waves are simply magic to behold.
Read more about this work on my American Tapestry Alliance Artist Page. http://americantapestryalliance.org/artist-pages/pamela-palma/ ATA is an amazing resource for weavers of all types, especially tapestry weavers.
Weavers, crafters ~ looking for classes – sign up for March courses at Pamela Palma Designs. Make something fun and fanciful for your home. It is easy! New yarns are on their way! Register now! http://pamelapalmadesigns.com/weaving-classes/ See what you can make ~ Lace, loops, lovely
Pamela Palma Designs is now a distributor for looms and weaving accessories, the only local source for top quality equipment. Call 786-897-8856.
Fantastic Fibers Miami is a your guild for fiber art. We are one year old, better and stronger than ever! We have new projects in the works to challenge the artistic sensibilities of our members. Check us out Fantastic Fibers Miami. We meet on the 4th Saturday of every month. Join us! Be inspired. Make art!
I created Divine Sublime, an elegant work of fiber art, on a floor loom with linen and cotton yarns. The very thin cotton yarn I dyed in my studio. When dye my yarn, I like to put several colors onto one skein to create a variegated effect. This allows me to place the yarn so the colors appear where I want them to be as I design my art.
Several things are happening all at once in this artwork. Background, middle ground, and fore ground, three distinct components are woven at the same time. This is why we call it fiber art. It is way more advanced than craft. It is considerably more involved than traditional weaving. It has complexity. It is art. Right brain, left brain, hands, arms, eyes, feet. Holistic. Intuitive. Inspired, impulsed by my Muses.
While I work on the loom, I can only see a small portion, 8″ – 10″ inches long at a time, as it gets continually rolled up onto the loom during the process. It takes skill, knowledge, concentration and determination. My brain is the computer I use to design my art. My brain keeps the big picture and my progress in memory. There is no sketch, no HP, no Mac involved. I start from an existing pattern idea and then I cut it free. I let it be new. I let it take as long as it takes. Art is happens outside of time.
The black background is woven with exquisite black linen imported from Belgium. The Belgians know how to do linen and I adore this fiber. It has a bit of a sheen and feels divine – silky, smooth, strong.
The middle ground utilizes my dyed cotton applied as pattern manipulation, woven onto the black linen. The subtle colors of the pattern, sublime as they are, can come forward as middle ground. Can you see the triangularity emanating from the selvedges (sides), wandering like cosmic dust in a night sky? Movement in middle ground.
Foreground is evidenced in my manipulation of the pattern. Circular, dotted pattern elements are highlighted by my careful placement of additional lines of my dyed yarn. Enlarge the image, step back, blur your eyes, watch the surface elements emerge.
Allow your eyes to travel its length, from the bottom to the top, in the direction that I wove it. As you read this complex tapestry ask yourself – What does it represent to you? What can you see in this work? Does it evoke emotion? Memory? Share your reactions with me pamela@pamelapalmadesigns, subject line Divine Sublime.
Hello Everyone! I am pleased to invite you to PERSPECTIVES IN FIBER: MOVING BEYOND TRADITION, a juried exhibition at the Armory Art Center Annex. My mixed media woven artworks, Dirty Money and Tied Up in Red Tape are on view and for sale. Opening reception is January 6, 2017. Closing reception is February 9, 2017. Make the trip to Lake Worth to see amazing Contemporary Fiber Art in a bit of Old Florida.
WINTER WEAVING CLASSES ~ FILLING UP FAST!
Where will your creativity lead you? Check out these possibilities! WINTER WEAVING CLASSES at Pamela Palma Designs, Studio 41 at the Bakehouse Art Complex. All materials, looms and equipment are included! Individual instruction, private and semi private classes in a super creative fiber art studio. Questions? Call, text 786-897-8856 or email
Mom and Me on Wednesdays. Make stuff together on early dismissal Wednesdays. Pick your Wednesday. One adult, one kid, 2 hours one price.
Beginning Weaving for Adults, Level 1 on Thursdays. 3 week course. Learn from the pro, add your own style.
Beginning Weaving for Adults Level 2 on Fridays. 3 week course. Get friendly with the loom, try new colors, textures.
Make It – Take It Saturday Sign up and take a test drive. 2 hour session on Saturday afternoons. Pick some.
Intermediate Weaving – 4- Shaft Table Loom Experienced weavers – explore pattern work on 4-shaft table looms. Hone your skills with twills, diamonds and more. 5 week course, by appointment.
Advanced Weaving – Floor Loom Weave wonderful cloth with ease on a floor loom. 4-shaft and 8-shaft looms, endless pattern options. 6 week course by appointment.
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Pamela Palma Designs
561 NW 32nd Street, Studio #41
Miami, FL 33127