“Hidden faces” – Paola Zanda at Carrefour Européen du Patchwork

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Intervista a Paola Zanda su ArteMorbida

Salon du Carrefour Européen du Patchwork / 16 – 19 settembre
Place des Tisserands
68160 Ste-Marie-aux-Mines

As part of one of the largest events in the art of patchwork and traditional and contemporary quilting, Paola Zanda exhibits 12 unpublished works in her solo exhibition: Hidden faces

Her work is based on observing the bark of trees. She lives in a small village surrounded by woods. It gives her great inspiration. She likes to walk there, take pictures, make sketches, discover images that change according to the light and weather conditions. The wood is alive, it brings peace, serenity and the feeling of being observed.  Her work transforms organic structures, visions, sensations into abstract and minimalist forms which she combines with color, seeking a chromatic and spatial balance. During her exhibitions, she is often told the outlines of faces are seen in her works. This is how the idea for this exhibition came from, and she has deepened the search for the details in the bark, trying to bring out as much as possible of the life that hides in the tree and that speaks to our sensible self.

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Mister X (Taxus Bark) 2017, 108x 143 cm. Copyright Paola Zanda

Paola Zanda

Paola was born with the needle in her hand. Since her childhood, thanks to her parents, she has always lived and worked with everything related to textiles. This led her, after training as a master seamstress, to practice as a teacher of plastic arts which she practiced until retirement.

The passion for Textile Art was born by visiting the various festivals in Europe and following many courses with international artists.She started working on the figurative art, then found her way with minimalism and abstract art. She draws her inspiration from nature and above all from the meticulous study of tree bark.

She lives in Carona, a small town in southern Switzerland, surrounded by woods. The source of inspiration is therefore not lacking.

After two group exhibitions in Ticino, she began to exhibit several times, personally, abroad, receiving strong appreciation and awards.

She is a member of SAQA, PatCHquilt, Quilt Italia and is part of the international group Fifteen by Fifteen.

The Black Dancer, 2020, 150×196 cm. Copyright Paola Zanda

Carrefour Européen du Patchwork

The Carrefour Européen du Patchwork is finally back: an international event not to be missed: 36 exhibitions spread across 17 sites in the Val d’Argent! From September 16 to 19, 2021 in the valley of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, the cradle of the Amish movement, the Carrefour is pleased to welcome a large number of visitors from all over the world. Over the years, this international event has become a reference event in the field of the art of patchwork and traditional and contemporary quilting.

The 4 villages of the Val d’Argent open to us their most beautiful places which, in the space of 4 days, become real art galleries, exhibiting to the delight of its 22,000 national and international visitors, between 1,200 and 1,500 works.


The Devil, 2020, 153×194 cm. Copyright Paola Zanda