Monday, September 20, 2010

Featured Artist: Janna Carrozza

During the eight weeks of 'simply irRESISTible' we'll focus on individual artists here on our blog. Every week, three artists will be featured. Today, we're pleased to introduce to you: Janna Carrozza from Reading, PA.


About the Piece:

Weaving with respect for the environment has been my passion for many years. The adventure started in college with organic cotton, hemp, linen, and recycled denim. My fiber selection now includes tencel, soy, corn, and banana silk. Soy silk comes from the by-product of the tofu manufacturing process; tencel comes from wood pulp and the trees are grown on land that cannot be used for any other purpose. Tencel produces almost no waste and the little bit can be recycled. All cellulose fibers, including banana and corn, are also completely biodegradable. Banana silk is not only created from the stalks of the banana tree, but the fiber is also recycled from clothing previously made from banana silk.

The fiber I weave is not only environmentally friendly, but pesticide free. The natural dyes used in my weaving are harvested from my garden whenever possible. The colors are as carefully chosen and blended together. The colors and patterns are uniquely woven together like paint on a canvas. Each weaving is both one-of-a-kind and earth friendly. Creating eco art is imperative to the philosophy of consciously thinking about the environment as a part of the inspiration. As all organic things in nature each one is unique, I never repeat a design pattern in my weavings. I choose to invent something new each time I begin to weave. Nature is a huge part of my thoughts, and is when I am at my best.. The weaving process is a beautiful experience that takes an enormous amount of time to complete. Each inch that is woven is carefully rendered. The process of my art making is peaceful and reminds me of how I feel when I am doing yoga. I feel centered when I weave and at peace with the world. The best part of the whole process is cutting off the fibers and admiring the texture and drape of a finished weaving that did not deplete, or harm the earth to create.

Artist Statement/Biography: Janna Carrozza is an art teacher by day and fiber artist by night. Carrozza is inspired by all art media. She weaves eco fabric to create clothing, installation pieces, and accessories. Her work includes functional pieces and ranges from garments to bags. Janna creates wall hangings and frame selections of her weavings as well. Carrozza received a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts with a specialization in fibers as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education. Janna completed a Masters Degree in Education concentrating in Art Education. She currently works in her studio at Goggleworks Center for the Arts in the city of Reading, Pennsylvania.

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