Pamela Palma’s Statement
My tapestries are impressions of places I love intensely, places that make my heart sing. The subtly of color in the high desert of New Mexico is captured in Cabezón, an ancient geological formation in the middle of nowhere that exudes magical energy. I wove this from memory on a Navajo frame loom on the porch of my home in Buffalo, New York during a glorious Indian summer while I was feeling especially nostalgic for my previous life in the Land of Enchantment. This tapestry transported me back in time and place.
My weaving interests shift into the space of non-tradition in combination with tapestry, pattern work, and conceptualism, enhanced by the speed and whole body rhythm on floor looms. This is a luxury, an expansion of my artistic vision wherein patterned textures can be incorporated into tapestry. Miami Beach, Florida, my home of 25 years, continues to thrill me with its astounding, magnificent, turquoise ocean. I captured its beauty in Miami Beach, High Tide. Similarly, St Simons Island, Georgia, holds a particular allure with its salt marshes, wading birds and spectacular sunsets. I wove Sunset on St Simons in tribute. Beaches, those wide open spaces with so much water, are by far my favorite places.
Pamela Palma’s Biography
Pamela Palma comes from the rich textile tradition of matriarchal creatives – her aunts, grandmother and mother were all engaged. Knitting, sewing, embroidery, and design came as naturally as breathing. An accidental weaver, she sidestepped weaving for the first third of her life until it caught her in college where it was a requirement for her degree in Fiber Design. There, she fell in love with the medium and found her niche as she wove the memory of a favorite place in the Land of Enchantment, Cabezón.
Thirty years later, Pamela is a professional fiber artist, a prolific weaver and member of the Board of ATA. A year ago she founded Fantastic Fibers Miami – a textile guild in a city in need of a fiber focus. Her works are all the product of pure imagination combined with the technical expertise of pattern draft manipulation. Everything comes from within; nothing is drafted or drawn; there is no cartoon. She relies entirely on memory and the inspiration of her Muses. A resident artist at the Bakehouse Art Complex, her work is exhibited widely in galleries and museums and is in private collections across the globe.