PAMELA PALMA DESIGNS
Fine Art Textiles
and Textile Products
Artist Bio and Statement
Textiles are firmly entrenched in my DNA. Born into a family of makers, enveloped in the riches of the hands of my foremothers, I embraced all things made from seemingly nothing with relative ease. The froth of mohair looping over Mom's knitting needles transformed a ball of yarn into a winter coat. Grandma's tablecloths so delicately embroidered, edged in her finely crocheted lace. My Aunts' cozy afghans whipped up with just a simple hook. The matchy-matchy Mother-Daughter Easter outfits, designed and sewn by my Mom. Oh how I loved the cape! Blue flowers reversing to robin's egg blue cotton sateen. I remember it well.
The men were makers also. My Dad and my Uncles worked with hard substances, metal, wood. They could design, build or fix anything. My Grandpa had the greenest thumb! He coaxed everything into its fullness. This was our life, who we were, making magic with our hands. It was my destiny.
I naturally took to threads and yarns and cloth; it was all around me. I preferred to design my own things rather than follow any patterns, even as a kid. I love the challenge of figuring out how things go together. And I still cherish having what no one else has! I started with sewing and knitting for my dolls, I was only 4. In my teens I made dresses, designed and embroidered boho hand bags, knitted tennis sweaters, made stuff for my room. I taught myself to paint and quilt.
In college much later The Fates finally caught me in their web. Weave they said. Weave. I tried not to, I really did. Weaving was not in my family's traditions, looms were foreign and complicated - all those moving parts! Threads! So different from the simplicity of knitting. They persisted and I became The Accidental Weaver! I enrolled in a textile program at Buffalo State College (SUNY) ostensibly to learn all I could about textiles. I wanted to design and print cloth for fashion design, my first love. Those Fates are a wily trio! I was required to take a class called Design in Fibers. A trick! It was weaving!
The irony is -- I loved weaving beyond all measure! (And I did not like textile printing!) Weaving, watching cloth form before my eyes, mixing colors and textures, was absolutely heaven. It is absolutely heaven! That was 1987, the beginning of an entirely new world of textiles for me.
What does one do with all these techniques? Some would say, pick one and go for it, forsaking all others. But I am a designer, a creator, a visionary. I love textiles, I love using my hands to make things. I crave variety.
So you will see on this website and on my social media pages, a variety of textiles. Most are hand woven, some are hand knit, still others are hand printed and painted. I do all the sewing and designing as well, everything from start to finish.
In 2015 I started a fiber art guild, now called PLY-Miami, to build a community of people who use threads and yarns for artistic expression. We engage in challenge projects and community projects. Read about it HERE. I offer classes in weaving, crochet, knitting, sewing, embroidery. Find them HERE
Here are my links to my product lines:
Art - My Fine Art tapestries, murals, and wall art
Art to Use - My towels, table linens, coasters
Art to Wear - My scarves and shawls
Pamela Palma Designs. Beautiful Textile Art Designed to Enhance Your World.