Gina Pannorfi

Chicago, IL

I am interested in color, texture, pattern and process. I employ techniques grounded in ancient tradition, and use them to design and create unique textiles that embody both painting and sculpture. I begin when I layer together hand cut, hand dyed silk with merino wool. I then manipulate the layers and permanently alter them when I wet felt them by hand. As I shrink the wool I control the shape, edging, and weight of the final piece; intern, gathering and puckering the silks surface. Further applications of hand sewing and embellishment are also incorporated into my process. The result is a textile that is luxurious and one of a kind.
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