Textile artist and arts educator, Pamela Penney particularly enjoys assisting others discover and develop their own unique creative voice while continuing to express her own. Pam is interested in using traditional needle work techniques and materials in contemporary and unexpected ways to express her unique energy into the world. By using these methods of fiber crafts that historically were considered “women’s work” in new and non-traditional ways, she gives them the respect and reverence of artwork, and thereby brings balance to the feminine and masculine energy within herself and her work.
She also aspires to inspire her students to express this creative energy balance as well, learning traditional sewing, knitting, crocheting, felting, and dying techniques that can be both practical skills in life as well as a means to artistic expression. Pam has a desire to balance her solo studio time working on her artwork and her time mentoring and sharing her skills with her students.
Pam’s own artwork includes one of a kind art to wear created with salvaged cashmeres, woolens and hand-dyed yarns used with knitting and crochet techniques and unique embellishments. She also creates textile wall hangings that combine mixed media and fiber art techniques. She is experimenting with using embroidery, needle-lace and felting techniques on the surface of her acrylic painted canvases to create pieces with the texture, softness and feminine aspects of fiber in conjunction with the masculine foundation and structure of a traditional painting. Pam is working to develop a body of work that includes a series of large scale canvases that would express the balance of her feminine and masculine energies.
For Pam, life is her work of art and her art is her work of life. She lives to express that philosophy each day.