Selene Paschoal

Fabric is something I have been working with for quite some time. My mother taught me how to sew when I was a teenager and after that I started making some of my own clothes.
The link between fabric and art came to me a couple of years ago when I was at an “Open Studio” event. I saw this incredibly interesting painting and I remember asking myself how hard it would be to create something similar with fabric? I told myself I would do that one day when I had the time.
That time arrived end of 2018 when I realized I wanted an outlet that would allow me to explore and enjoy my creative side. I knew that painting was out of the question as I have no talent for that. Time to go back to my old friend: fabric!
I was not able to create what I wanted on my first or second attempts so I went to a local quilt store hoping I would get some help. I met this wonderful lady who shared with me her world of fabric collage and invited me to attend her Fabrication Imagination class. Her class was the turning point for me. I learned how to look at fabric in a complete different way and how to use it to create what I wanted. The technique I learned gave me what I needed to create better, more beautiful artworks.
Ideas for new pieces are coming from everywhere including my Brazilian heritage and culture. Brazil has a strong influence of the enslaved Africans in our culture, food, music, and art. The colors used are usually bold and rich capturing the natural beauty of the country as well as the enthusiasm for life Brazilians as known for.


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