Art Program

C Pazia Mannella


MFA, Fibers and Material Studies, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2008
BFA, Fibers and Sculpture, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, 2005


Contemporary and historical textile patterns, embroidery and garment designs are the inspiration for C. Pazia Mannella’s sculptures. Intense rainbow and neon colors vibrate in her work. The symbolic imagery of flowers, laurels, and wreaths represent cultural ideals of power, wealth and will. Common contemporary materials, zippers, coffee filters, children’s barrettes, construction-marking tape, ribbon and mirrored paillattes, are used to mimic the splendor of historical textiles and architectural embellishment. We live in a material world however, we have lost the necessity and desire to create because of the availability of disposable goods that are industrially made. Mannella reflects upon contemporary industrialization and global outsourcing of material processes impacting the environment. She is researching the influence of textile and chemical dye polluting and the disposable nature of contemporary fashion and home furnishing industries.

C. Pazia Mannella recently created an outdoor installation for Open Spaces, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia, PA. Her work is exhibited in Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI and The Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City, MI. She participated in Art in the Open 2014, where artists used Philadelphia's Schuylkill River Banks as their studio space, creating new works of art outside, on-site, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA. She created Swell, an outdoor installation at The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences sculpture garden, Loveladies, NJ. Mannella’s work has been exhibited at NAPOLEON Gallery, Saint Joseph’s University, Urban Outfitters Headquarters, Snyderman-Works Galleries, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ, Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, Lancaster, OH, and Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA. Her work has been featured in the Canadian Weekly Fibre Artist Interview: World of Threads Festival, Dutch Textiel Plus magazine, Title Magazine, Temple News, US Airways Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Weekly and Philadelphia: Home.

Portfolio Images: 
Tendril, 2015. Crocheted ribbon twinned on deer fence, dimensions variable.
Force, 2014. Hand and digital embroidery on raw silk in wooden frame, 40"x24"x3".
Force, detail, 2014. Hand and digital embroidery on raw silk in wooden frame, 40"x24"x3".
Golden, 2014. Crocheted ribbon, dimensions variable.
Swell, 2013. Crocheted fluorescent flagging tape and metallic plastic beads, dimensions variable.
Swell, detail, 2013. Crocheted fluorescent flagging tape and metallic plastic beads, dimensions variable.
Ribbons and Bows, (Urban Outfitters Headquarters installation view, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) 2011. Crocheted and knotted Glo-
Machine-sewn zippers modeled by Kari Kramer, dimensions variable.
Conviction of Vanity, 2010. Mirror paillettes with viewer participation, dimensions variable.
Take-A-Number From Me, 2010. Machine-sewn Take-A-Number tickets and crocheted thread, 15”x14”x1”.
Your Grace, 2009. Machine-sewn zippers, dimensions variable.
Your Grace, detail, 2009. Machine-sewn zippers, dimensions variable.