Yvonne Porcella, an artist specializing in wearables and art quilts, began in 1962 by making unique garments, wall hangings and quilts. Currently her work is featured in major exhibitions, art galleries and museums. Her work is a vibrant expression of an artist who knows how to handle color with an apparently endless palette.
She hand paints fabrics to achieve a soft pastel watercolor effect and uses a variety of these fabrics to create her art. In addition to these subtle pieces, Porcella produces work that is bold and vibrant, using pure color in contrasting and synchronous relationships to convey a cumulative dynamic effect. Her work has toured in national and international shows of contemporary American quilt makers and is actively collected by individuals and corporations.
The subject of Porcella's books reflect the development of her artistic interests. FIVE ETHNIC PATTERNS was printed in 1977, followed in 1978 by a second book featuring ethnic patterns, PLUS FIVE. PIECED CLOTHING (1980) and PIECED CLOTHING VARIATIONS (1981) continue the evolution of her patterns and focus on wearable art. A COLORFUL BOOK (1986), an art book uses her work to illustrate the design and color for which she is known. COLORS CHANGING HUE (1994) teaches easy methods for fabric painting and includes patterns for projects. SIX COLOR WORLD (1997) continues the theme of fabric painting with a strong emphasis on color. YVONNE PORCELLA: ART & INSPIRATIONS published in 1998 documents her work and offers insight into her art. MAGICAL 4 PATCH & 9 PATCH was published in 2001.
Porcella is Founder and served as President of the Board of Directors of Studio Art Quilt Associates. She has taught and lectured throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe, and Japan. The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. acquired her quilt "Takoage" in 1994. This quilt along with 300 objects from the 15 additional Smithsonian museums was included in a national touring exhibition honoring the 150th anniversary of the Smithsonian. During the 2001 Inauguration ceremonies this quilt was displayed in Washington D.C. at the Renwick Gallery located directly behind The White House. In 1998 her quilt ANSWERING THE RIDDLE was included in the 9th Invitational Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland. Also, in 1998, she was inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame, in Marion, Indiana and in 1998, she was the 5th recipient of the Silver Star Award at Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.
ABOUT THE ART QUILT:
The formal elements found in the historical definition of the quilt are shared by all contemporary art quilt makers which provides reference and consistency in the movement. Layering of the surfaces with stitching is a common denominator of quilts although each artist presentation differs. My work features machine piecing in conjunction with hand applique and hand quilting.
HONORS & AWARDS, CURATOR, JUROR, BOARD MEMBER