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PAOLA ZANDA
TEXTILE ARTIST

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ABOUT ME

I live in Carona, a pleasant village above the city of Lugano in southern Switzerland. From early childhood, thanks to family members, I was able to learn to sew, embroider, and use the sewing machine. I practised playing the dressmaker with my dolls. I doubted choosing the profession of florist or seamstress, but then the passion for the fabric prevailed. First, I graduated as a master dressmaker, continued my studies, and became a plastic art professor. I practised until early retirement.
During these teaching years, I managed to pass my passion on to many children. Some of them have undertaken, to my great satisfaction, my profession.
My passion for textile art was born by visiting various festivals and attending courses with international artists. I started by working on the figurative. I liked it, but it didn't satisfy me. The continuous desire to learn and know led me to follow a Master with Linda Colsh. It enriched me a lot, giving me a new interpretation and vision. Reflecting on the path taken, I finally found my way in the abstract and minimalism. Taking inspiration from nature and the bark of the trees, I created my style by applying the rules of tailoring to patchwork. Challenging the wefts and warps of the fabric, I work with a piecing taken to the extreme by choosing increasingly complicated shapes. It is a painstaking job that requires a lot of patience and precision. If I am not satisfied, I do not continue and rather undo the work and start until I have the desired result. The passion for colours brings me back to the never forgotten florist. I dye my fabrics with Procion MX colours to find the appropriate shades. My research and construction base on a balanced study of shapes, spaces and colours. Quilting is deliberately simple to highlight the piecing work and give movement and depth to all the work. After working with 50x70 formats, I chose to work with larger dimensions to enhance the design. The world of bark and the study and combination of colours is vast, and I can still evolve in this field. However, I have a relief valve, where I can apply other techniques and materials by working on different subjects and themes.
I am part of the international group Fifteen by Fifteen, and every two months, we present a challenge.

 

 

GALLERY

Barks, Colours and Shapes

My inspiration is nature. The particular details of the bark of the trees are the starting point for the design of my works. Careful observation leads me to the creation of abstract and minimalist forms, which combined with colours and a balanced study of space and shapes give a result of strong visual impact.

 

 

The Black Dancer

The Black Dancer

2020 150 x 196 cm

Floating Shapes

Floating Shapes

Rupture

Rupture

Taxus Bark

Taxus Bark

Falling Shapes

Falling Shapes

Deep Blue

Deep Blue

Second Award in Art Quilt Category. F.O.Q. 2018 Birmingham

Champs Energétiques

Champs Energétiques

Audience Award "Aigu'illes en Luberon" 2013

Arbre Maculé

Arbre Maculé

Eucaliptus

Eucaliptus

Platan maculé

Platan maculé

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CactusSeriesO

Arizona (Red) Arizona 2 (blue) Arizona 3 (Yellow) Arizona Red Higly Commende FOQ Birmingham 2013

 
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Curriculum

2007  Collective "Quilt Art Lugano", Lugano CH

2008  Collective "MoMO Patch", Mendrisio CH

2013  Collective with Happy Fingers group, Cagiallo  CH

2014

  • Collective “La Musica della Mia Vita”,  Monza I

  • Selected for EQA Switzerland

  • Collective with Happy Fingers  group at "GruppenTreffen PatCHquilt", Reichenburg CH

 

2015

  • Collective "PatCHquilt", Solothurn CH

  • Audience Awards  at "Aigu’illes en Luberon” for the quilt “Champs Energétiques.” FR

  • The Quilt “Arizona” receives the mention Highly commended at F.O.Q, Birmingham UK

  • Selected for EQA Switzerland

 

2016  

  • Collective with Happy Fingers group, Melide CH

  • Selected for EQA Switzerland

  • E.P.M,  Four-handed work with an Afghan woman. Pascale Goldenberg Project. FR

  • E.P.M Work of my pupils for the contest "Les Jeunes poussent" of Francepatchwork, FR

 

2017  

  • Solo Exhibition at "Aigu’illes en Luberon", La Bastidonne  FR

  • E.P.M Work of my pupils for the contest "Les Jeunes poussent" of Francepatchwork, FR

  • Collective "Gruppen Treffen PatCHquilt",  Zugo CH

  • Collective "PatCHquilt", Lyss CH

  • Collective Quilt Art & Handicrafts Exhibition Shenzhen CHN

 

2018

  • Selected for the national competition of Swiss Patch 

  • Solo Exhibition at "Biennale Internationale d’Art Textile" in Beaujolais, FR

  • Second Award, in  the Art Quilt Category, at F.O.Q Birmingham for the quilt “Deep Blue”  UK

  • Solo Exhibition at "Salon Loisirs créatifs",  Colmar   FR

  • Collective "PatCHquilt", Lyss CH

 

2019

  • Solo Exhibition at "Aigu’illes en Luberon", La Bastidonne  FR

  • Collective Quilt Art & Handicrafts Exhibition Shenzhen CHN

  • Collective "PatCHquilt", Solothurn CH

  • Collective Fifteen by Fifteen, Mexico City MEX

  • Collective Fifteen by Fifteen,  Sudzal RU

2020

  • All cancelled due to the Covid-19

 

2021

  • Selected for the "Plurality Of Voices"  SAQA Virtual Gallery 

  • Selected for the " Structures" SAQA Virtual Gallery

  • Jury member, with Ina Statescu and Olivia Uffer for the "Sauvage" Competition of the E.P.M 2021

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Next Exhibition: E.P.M.
16-19 September 2021 
 
  Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines
France 

     
Nadelwelt Karlsruhe
15-17 October 2021