Art Spotlight: Jodi Colella

Art Spotlight: Jodi Colella

Power Figures

See Jodi Colella’s work in WTP Vol. VI #2

Fabric figures with their heads cut off and colorful fiber stitched along the border
Power Figures by Jodi Colella

Reconstructed stuffed toys, embroidery, mixed fibers, and threads
(left to right) ‘Tis Not Gold, 6.5’’ x 5’’ x 4’’; Kangaroo, 5’’ x 4.5’’ x 3.5’’; Hot Head, 5.25’’ x 3.5’’ x 3’’

There is a presence of the maker in the shape of thousands of stitches, hand-wrought forms, and, as in my collaboratives, the orchestrated actions of many. I redefine needle art techniques and transform the everyday into works of contemporary relevance. Using soft materials and found objects I create provocative, tactile objects and installations about human relationship. Influenced by my travels, I draw from historical and cultural experiences around me that extend from my neighborhood to time spent in the Far East.”

In addition to teaching numerous workshops, Jodi Colella runs The Fiber Lab, an independent study group that provides individual instruction, exposure to contemporary art, experimentation with material and technique, and a membership to a maker community.

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