Eco Weaving by Pamela Palma DesignsNew offerings at Pamela Palma Designs for the Autumn are online now! Register today for your weaving classes! WEAVING CLASSES

NEW!!! Mom and Me on Wednesdays – early dismissal day – One parent, one child, one session. Make art together on a Rigid Heddle Loom!

Beginning Weaving Thursdays on the Rigid Heddle loom – back by popular demand. 3 sessions, 3 hours each

NEW!!! Make It Take It Saturdays for the casually curious. 2 hours, make an art weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom, take it home with you!

Advanced Beginners Fridays for those with some weaving experience – enhance your skills! 3 sessions, 3 hours each. Continuing!

Intermediate Weaving on 4-Shaft Table Loom – Serious about weaving? 4 Shafts is the real deal. Learn loom set-up, create marvelous patterns!  Experience required. 5 sessions, 3 hours each. By special arrangement. Call 786-897-8856

Advanced Weaving on the Floor Loom – Experienced weavers will enjoy the freedom of the Floor Loom as you explore so many options!  6 sessions, 3 hours each. By special arrangement. Call 786-897-8856

 

 

 

 

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Aren’t you ready to chill out? Spend some quality time chilling in the creative environment of Pamela  Palma Designs and enhance your maker skills! Weaving classes continue in August to get you through this Summer Sizzle! 

Have fun, keep your cool, make something for your home. Class size is limited. Register now!

3 Thursdays for newbies: August 4, 11, 18. Secure online registration HERE

3 Fridays for continuing weavers: August 5, 12, 19. Secure online registration: HERE

3 Saturdays – Know how? Try something new! August 6, 13, 20 Secure online registration HERE

 

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Baby Box was made by a girl for her younger siblings.

Norway snow bubbles (1)

Honoring Norway with snow bubbles made from packing materials and papers, with ribbons.

Mom Beach

For her Mom who loves the beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kids do remarkably imaginative things when they have creative freedom and a strong art foundation. This is what happened in the month of May, 2016, in Ms. Deana Conley’s 4th grade art class at South Miami K-8 when I was the Visiting Artist for 8 sessions.

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Black beans and a colorful scarf honor this child’s passage from CUba to Miami a few years ago.

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Interior of the Cuba box in process, with her photo taken when she arrived in the USA.

Cuba finished

FInished! She added her actual ticket to Miami from Cuba.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                           

 

 The guidelines were to first  determine a theme for their honor boxes, something that has special significance to each child. The entire box was covered with paint or fabric or paper so it was no longer a shoe box. The boxes get embellished with relevant objects in 3-D. Many students collected items from home while others simply rummaged through the extensive collection of stuff in Ms. Conley’s classroom augmented with some tidbits from my studio. The children were given total latitude and they went to town! We, Ms. Conley and me, merely guided their creative ideas and encouraged good craftsmanship.

Soccer field

Pure imagination and a bag of shredded money went into this boy’s soccer field.

The park

Working totally from her mind, this girl created a park with burlap pathways, sculptures made from buttons, bushes made from more of that shredded money.

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This boy honors his Grandparents’ 50th anniversary with a box painted in gold, embellished with cherished photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are some of the completed boxes. I am so pleased with the results! The children were a joy to work with and Ms. Conley sets an exemplary tone in her classroom. The Bee Queen Retablo was built by Pamela Palma around a miniature reproduction of “The Honey Queen” painted by Debra Cortese, with permission of the artist.

Original painting by Debra Cortese,. Enshrined by Pamela Palma in her retablo series.

Original painting by Debra Cortese,. Enshrined by Pamela Palma in her retablo series.

Knit at PAMM with Fantastic FIbers Miami

Knit at PAMM with Fantastic FIbers Miami

KiPNow that Miami finally has an active fiber group, we have events and projects lined up. When I launched Fantastic Fibers Miami in February, the response was overwhelmingly positive! So many people create with yarn and fabric have been waiting and wanting a community.

Our biggie is, Fantastic Fibers Miami is hosting an international event, World Wide Knit in Public Day. Yes, it’s a thing! Miami, we are taking fiber out of the closet and into the daylight on June 18, 2016.  Pérez Art Museum Miami is graciously providing public space and FREE ADMISSION to the museum for knitters. We will meet at the Bayside Stair overlooking gorgeous Biscayne Bay.

Come for an hour or two or stay the day! We are there from 12 – 5 PM. Bring your needles and your yarn. Make a blanket square for the children of Lotus House, make something of your own; or learn to knit from our experienced members. It’s all free! Bring water, a cushion, sunscreen. Ride the metro to Museum Park ~ limited parking at PAMM is $2/hour.

For more info:  http://fantasticfibersmiami.com/      http://pamm.org/knitinpublic    World Wide Knit in Public Day

Be part of our diverse collection of fiber artists. Fantastic Fibers Miami meets on the 4th Saturday of every month from 2 – 4  at Artisan Lounge, 3rd floor,  500 NE 1st Street. Free secure parking in the rear for guests. Everyone who has an interest in or works with any fiber medium is welcome!  Our monthly challenge project for May  answers the question, “Who Are You, Really?” In  you favorite fiber technique, any size up to 20″ x 20″ .Workshops and exhibitions are planned for the future.

Becky 2Meanwhile at Pamela Palma Designs, I am still weaving! It brings such tranquility into my life. It is my greatest pleasure to share this with you. I encourage you to soothe your weary selves with weaving! Get lost in the rhythm, make magic! Classes continue throughout May and June. Private and semi private lessons are geared toward your interests and abilities. Details here.

 

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What if I told you this weave structure is so simple even a beginner could do it? We will explore variations on the Log Cabin pattern in my Spring Weaving Classes at Pamela Palma Designs.  Fun, easy, rewarding!

Registration is online now. Thursday, Friday and Saturday classes, all levels. All materials and equipment included. Class size is limited. Sign up NOW! Studio 41 at the Bakehouse Art Complex ~ 561 NW 32 Street, Miami ~ in Wynwood. More info: Call 786-897-8856 or email Pamela

 

THEN WE ARE OFF TO GEORGIA!  DREAM WEAVERS, THIS IS FOR YOU!

April 23 – 24, 2016

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Dream Weaving in Georgia! At Glynn Visual Arts, St. Simons Island. The perfect destination weekend! Beaches, dolphins, Spanish moss, Southern hospitality, Dream Weaving, and YOU!

Dream Weaving registration is now open! See you in Georgia!

Glynn Visual Arts 912-638-8770

 

1) Pamela Palma head shotGreetings everyone! I am happy to announce our new group, Fantastic Fibers Miami! We are finally catching up with the rest of the world. There are all sorts of textile guilds everywhere but here, until now. Check out the new website! http://fantasticfibersmiami.com

Fantastic Fibers Miami serves as a collective for fiber enthusiasts. Opportunities for social, educational, and philanthropic activities are available to our members. Monthly meetings, classes, lectures, workshops, group projects and exhibitions are in the works. Pfew, that is a tall order designed to fill a niche in the artistic landscape of South Florida.

If you weave, sew, stitch, fabric collage, knit, felt, embroider, crochet, quilt, print or dye fabrics or yarns, this group is for you. We know there are lots and lots of fiber people in our community, working independently or in isolation. So join us!  News and fiber works are posted regularly on our new Facebook page, Fantastic Fibers Miami. Ask to join and post your work. We want to hear from you!

Fantastic Fibers Miami has a new website in development so stay tuned for that as well.

Pamela

pamela@pamelapalmadesigns.com

 

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Level 3 Advanced Weaving - Lovely Lace in Daffodil by Pamela Palma Designs

Lovely Lace Weave by Pamela Palma Designs

Happy New Year to everyone! Let’s get this year started with some very creative hand weaving at Pamela Palma Designs!

What is your pleasure? Straight up weaving? Tapestry? Unusual materials? Stripes and plaids? Lacy open weaves? We’ve got all of this and more for you!

Classes start this week. Details and registration HERE. All skill levels from beginner to advanced, private and semi-private lessons. Questions? Call 786-897-8856 or email Pamela

 

 

Tiny Tapestries hand woven by Pamela Palma Designs embellished with feathers and vintage silver beads

Tiny Tapestries hand woven by Pamela Palma Designs embellished with feathers and vintage silver beads

The art fairs have packed up. The dealers, collectors, celebs, are gone. So much talk about investment collecting, vanity collecting of work by a “name.”  Who can be an art collector?  Anyone.

What is the point of art?  If the point of art is to make the viewer happy, to appeal to the viewer in some visceral way, we should collect art we like.  I make art because it makes my heart sing to create something out of nothing. It is magical to sit at my loom and see cloth develop from a ball of yarn. Amazing, right? Oh and it feels sooooo good. Textiles are tactile! Love them! I love them so much I buy other people’s textiles, all kinds, as if I don’t have enough of my own!  I especially like vintage laces because I know they were made by hand by a woman who loved making them. I can see it in their swirly patterns. I can feel it in their textures. Her energy, her fondness for her medium is in her fabric. So I collect them in a utilitarian manner. I cannot discern their age, stitches, pattern, provenance,  or maker but none of that matters to me.  I have amassed quite a pile of of vintage laces which I use and display because they are so lovely and I don’t make crocheted lace (yet).

But I also collect other forms of art. Paintings, prints, etchings, drawings, watercolors, smallish works that I can tuck into my carry on when I travel. Such lovely memories are stored in each. Memories of my visit, memories of the artist. That is what makes each piece valuable to me. My first original artwork purchase was a gouache by a Native American. I purchased it at the American Indian Museum in New Mexico, a big splurge at the time, all those years ago. It is called “Spirit Horse.”  The artist captured a feeling that sparked something in me. The horse’s mane is electrified, dynamic, charged! It is magnificent. It has added value to my life to be able to look upon it, knowing it is…something special created by a person, for a purpose.

I have always valued things made by hand. I learned many of my skills from a family of women who were makers in cloth. Good intentions go into the making of things with our hands. Having them around me enhances my environment, makes me happy.  My collections don’t have to match the sofa. Yet they all seem to be in harmony with everything else I love.

Happy collecting!

Green Diamonds editedMoving right along, Small Tapestry International 4: Honoring Tradition, Inspiring Innovation, is now on view at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, Delaware through November 22, 2015. My tapestry, Green Diamonds, was among those selected for this prestigious exhibition.

The American Tapestry Alliance was established in 1982 to unite tapestry weavers and designers in order to promote an awareness and appreciation of contemporary hand-woven tapestries from around the world. This organization promotes speakers, hosts instructors, produces publications, disseminates information and creates juried exhibitions of the finest textiles artists’ works internationally. This year’s competition of Small Tapestry International features small-scale works by over 40 artists. Each of these works were designed and completed by hand by weaving and knotting thousands of threads on a loom to create one cohesive composition. The works were juried by Kevin Wallace, the Director of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Ojai, California. He is a regular contributor to numerous international publications and has guest-curated exhibitions for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Cultural Affairs Department of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles International Airport, and the San Luis Obispo Art Center.

http://www.biggsmuseum.org/

Green Diamonds: Hand woven, mixed media tapestry by Pamela Palma 14″ x 14″