Pamela Palma


Pamela Palma is a fiber artist – a dreamer and a visionary with a vivid imagination and remarkable dexterity. Her innate affinity is for all things fiber. She loves color and texture. She likes to use her hands to create objects that provoke and delight, things that no one else has. Her art transcends traditional precepts of hand weaving and needle arts as women’s work, emerging as radical traditionalism.

Positive experiences are gained through interaction in the arts. She worked over the years as a museum educator, an art teacher, and development director to make it possible for others to create.

"I make things.  I have created with fiber since childhood, first sewing, then knitting, embroidering, and designing clothing. Later I learned weaving, printing, dyeing and painting fabrics. I have several hand looms on which I make fabrics which I use to design tapestries, installations, functional and wearable works of art. Or, as my Muses direct, I may engage in any number or combination of techniques."

My tapestry, “Green Diamonds,” is one of 45 tapestries selected from 130 entries into the juried exhibition Small Tapestries International 4: Honoring Tradition, Inspiring Innovation. Sponsored by the American Tapestry Alliance,it will travel to four venues over the course of 2015 and 2016.

This is my second traveling exhibition this year. (See post 1-17-2015

It is quite an honor to be included among master weavers in this prestigious exhibition. “Green Diamonds” exemplifies my contemporary tapestry work in which I engage traditional weaving methods and patterning. It is my platform to create visual statements referencing contemporary social fabric in a consumer-driven economy.

This art work was inspired by the luxury high rise condo building of the same name on Miami Beach, its diamond peaks illuminated nightly. A hand woven ground of black linen sets off the double diamonds, adapted from a universal weaving pattern, accentuated by a flourish of green, gold, and currency.

Small Tapestries International 4: Honoring Tradition, Inspiring Innovationopens in June, 2015 at the Hanchy Gallery in Natchitoches, LA. October 2, 2015, it opens at the Biggs Museum of Art in Dover, DE. The tour commences with the  January – March, 2016 exhibition at Artspace, in Raleigh, NC.

Studio #41
Medium: Fiber Art & Textile Design
Birth Place: USA