College of Arts and Science
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
C. Pazia Mannella received an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and a BFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been published in Digital Weaving Norway, Canadian Weekly Fibre Artist Interview: World of Threads Festival, Dutch Textiel Plus magazine, US Airways Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Weekly, and Philadelphia: Home. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Texas Tech University, Amarillo Museum of Art, Yeiser Art Center, University of Central Missouri Gallery of Art & Design, Muskegon Museum of Art, The Dennos Museum Center, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Urban Outfitters Headquarters, Snyderman-Works Galleries, Philadelphia Art Alliance, and The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences Sculpture Garden.
The symbolic imagery of flowers, laurels, and wreaths in architectural details that represent cultural ideals of prestige, power, wealth and will are the focus of Mannella's woven creative research. She works in the medium of weaving, a process that was historically highly valued as a skill and product. This process has lost almost all inherent value because of global textile production. Mannella replicates lavish architecture commissioned by wealthy patrons to convey prestige and power long forgotten among the contemporary social classes in an urban environment. Each weaving is built line by line. The pass of the weft in weaving is a literal illustration of time. Each weaving becomes an expression of time in compression, sourcing the carefully cultivated beauty of architectural displays through pattern and embellishment. Her creative research is made on a Thread Controller 2 (TC2) digital Jacquard loom where the operations of the binary thread lift of the warp creates photographic images rendered in woven structures. Mannella was awarded a MU Research Board Grant to facilitate the purchase of the TC2 loom to support her creative research and for use by students in the Fibers Area.