Janice Patrignani, Blue Open, 2018, Shibori/Indigo Dyed Cotton Fabric, Wood, Wire, WW II Parcel Post Parachute & Hardware, Wire, Thread.
Janice Patrignani is a design professional, visual artist, and art educator. She develops and customizes programs to fit with school curriculum needs in any one of her many areas of media expertise which include: watercolor, acrylic, and silk painting; fiber arts; mosaic murals; bookmaking; paper transformations, and clay.
Her ceramic sculptures enshrine found objects that have been forgotten or left behind. By juxtaposing contradictory materials and forgotten keepsakes she mixes media with metaphor, recycling the detritus of life to chronicle her life story. Creating is a cathartic experience for her. This lifelong survival skill has served her well, and her work is often a tribute to personal and human resilience.
She also practices the ancient Japanese technique of bound resist dyeing called Shibori. Her process includes dyeing and discharging on a variety of luscious silk and cotton fabrics, layering color upon color to produce luminously fluid patterns, textures, and shapes with natural fiber-reactive, acid, and organic indigo dyes.
Janice has received several grants for both her arts in education programs and for her mixed media sculpture, which has been exhibited throughout the Tri-state area.