I love making stitches; they are simple and forthright. Stitching by hand does not require loud machines or protective gear, just a hand, needle, thread, and fabric. Historically, stitches have been both necessary and decorative. They can help tell a story, record important occasions, and pass guarded messages.
My work is created by making thousands of colorful stitches; it has a unique hand made quality that no machine can produce. I begin by sketching new ideas and gathering thread colors. As the piece develops, I hang it to get a feel of what it looks like on the wall and to get a new perspective. I re-evaluate and will often add new colors at this stage.
In addition to framed pieces, I have recently begun combining my textile work with vintage objects. Beginning with my Grandfather's gears and washers, I integrated portions of my stitched work within the objects. I began experimenting with vintage scissors; I like the idea of using them in new ways and wonder what they were used for before I found them? Stitching? Cutting papers? Utilitarian? Bonsai? They are now part of a complete art piece where their patina, scratches, and history are integrated and unified with my textile work.
Textile Art Alliance, Cleveland Museum of Art www.taacleveland.org
Fiber Artists Collective Membership www.fiberartists.org
Bachelor of Science in Art Education Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland Institute of Art - Cleveland, Ohio
Thread, fabric, found objects and long thin sharp needles to create my work.
M. Gentile Studios professionally frames my work using all archival materials and museum glass. Please visit his website at www.mgentilestudios.com
Bay Light Studio Photography and Video www.baylightstudio.com