Miami Beach High Tide, detail

Miami Beach – High Tide detail

Miami Beach - High Tide

Miami Beach – High Tide

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

Lace Weave

                            Lace Weave

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Divine Sublime by Pamela Palma

Divine Sublime by Pamela Palma

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.

Dirty Money © 2016 Pamela Palma Designs-.JPG

Dirty Money © 2016 Pamela Palma Designs-.JPG

Tied Up in Red Tape - © 2016 Pamela Palma Designs

Tied Up in Red Tape – © 2016 Pamela Palma Designs

Perspectives in Fiber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Studio displayART FOR SALE! PAMELA PALMA DESIGNS is where Fiber Art happens!

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You love art.  I have art!

You love to display beautiful fabrics in your home. 

I have them for you!

You love to wear beautiful, unique cloth-things

Garments, wall panel                                I made these for you! Come and see! Come and buy!

Stop in to see stunning, sustainable sourced,

Individualized items made by hands, my hands.

For you.

Original Designer Art to Use and Love and Wear Forever.

By Appointment:

Pamela Palma Designs

561 NW 32nd Street, Studio #41

Miami, FL 33127

pamela@pamelapalmadesigns.com

786-897-8856 

 

I am pleased to announce that my art works, Money Laundry l and Money Laundry ll as well as End of Days and End of Tyranny, have been accepted into a group exhibition for Art Basel at Artium Art Gallery, in Miami, Florida. The exhibition opening is December 2 from 6 – 9 PM. The exhibition continues through December 24, 2016. All artwork is available for sale!  Artium Gallery: 2248 NW 1st Place, Wynwood Art District, Miami, 33127

Money Laundry l

Money Laundry l 

Money Laundry ll

Money Laundry ll

End of Tyranny

End of Tyranny

End of Days © Pamela Palma 2014, 14" x 14"

End of Days         

© 2016 Pamela Palma Designs

 

 

 

Pamela Palma in the Miami Herald!

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Eco-Weaving by Pamela Palma © 2016 Pamela Palma Designs

I am happy to share an article from the Miami Herald by George Fishman regarding the Bakehouse Art Complex where I create my work, teach my classes, and meet with my Guild, Fantastic Fibers Miami.

I met George at the Miami edition of World Wide Knit in Public Day which I organized at PAMM back in June. He later visited my studio and interviewed me, photographed some samples of my work, including my Eco-Weaving, shown here. I wove seed pods from a Jamaican Caper bush located on the BAC property (gorgeous, fragrant blossoms in the early summer, intriguing pods later) into the body of the work. The seed pods are woven right in, not added later.

CLICK HERE then scroll a bit) to see what George wrote about me and my work and read about my colleagues, BAC artists.

FULL ARTICLE about the BAC

PAMELA PALMA – BAC ARTIST PAGE link from article.

 

Moon Rise - Moon Set

Moon Rise – Moon Set

All life is made up of energy which can be perceived as harmonious frequencies, geometry, and numerical sequences. These energetic elements are universal, cosmic codes that can be represented as music or visible patterns. Herewith are Woven Codes, information delivered to me through my Muse(s) which I have interpreted as intricate patterns which I created as hand woven cloth.

Moon Rise – Moon Set displays coded messages dispersed through Mother Moon. As her magnetic field reflects Sun energy and pulls our Oceans, it impacts our bodies as well. Are you listening? She is talking to you. 14″ x 32″

 

Blue Moon - Green Cheese

Blue Moon – Green Cheese

Our mysterious Moon makes extra appearances in her full mode every so often, hence we experience Blue Moons, laden with coded information. Folklore describes Mother Moon as made from Green Cheese. Blue Moon – Green Cheese is an elegant, hand woven depiction of the subtlety of our Moon and her Divine Sublime place in our galaxy. 14″ x 36″

 

 

 

DIvine Sublime

Divine Sublime

Speaking of Divine Sublime, I wove this coded fabric before “new age” became mainstream. I sat at my loom, surrounded by marvelous yarns including some very thin cotton which I had dyed in variegated hues. Perusing the weaving bible of 4 shafts, Marguerite Davison’s A Handweaver’s Pattern Book, I came upon a draft that makes spheres. Weaving is linear, horizontal threads interlacing with verticals; spheres are an intriguing challenge. I set up my trusty loom with black linen warp and threaded her in a traditional pattern that makes spheres from the weft yarns.  

I am never one to leave well enough alone; I have to make a pattern into my own interpretation by manipulating sequences and morphing the structure. It was magic! Stars and constellations appeared along a tree of life, background and foreground in motion, not unlike our universe. This artwork demanded much concentration and I wove her as if channelling. I was the vehicle. My hands, my feet – moved by the unseen, I wove and wove. The Goddess.  I put this piece away unfinished, left it for a very long time, forgot about it. One day I found it again and it spoke to me very clearly. I began to understand that I have been weaving messages that cannot be transcribed into words. They are codes. Woven Codes that pulsate, emitting vibrational frequencies from the great beyond; making the invisible visible. Divine Sublime  23″ x 74″

Artist’s note – In answer to oft asked, “how long does it take to make” I remind you that art is not time based, hand weaving is eternal. Before this work was begun I pondered, planned, considered options, pondered more then began the process. She was woven, birthed, then rested for … very long, then revived, ends finished, hemmed, pressed, photographed, documented, exhibited…How long did it take? You tell me.

Weaving classes, Pamela Palma Designs, fiber art, classes, adults, mom and me, beginners, intermediate, advanced

Eco Weaving by Pamela Palma

Autumn weaving classes at Pamela Palma Designs 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. Weave together, 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. Hand weave a table runner or scarf.

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

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!

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

 

 

 

 

Log Cabin 2

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Mangrove Tunnels Night

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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

 

Baby box 3

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.

Cuba 1

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

Cuba 2

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.

grandparents 50th

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.