*Featured photo: Metatextiles 1 – 2, 38 x 17, copyright Mita Giacomini
Mita Giacomini is a fiber artist from Dundas, Ontario, Canada. She draws inspiration from nature, particularly from images that open onto a larger reality, such as ground shadows that tell of an invisible sky above, a bird’s eye that hints at an unknown mind. The other semi-abstract series are interpretations of shadows, waves, silhouettes or reflections, harmonious and organic forms created by the interplay of light and environment.
Giacomini practices an original technique he calls “surface weaving,” which combines hand needle weaving with free-motion machine stitching and quilting. It is a slow, contemplative process that generates rich textures and a variety of color interactions. The final effect is similar to neo-impressionist brushstrokes, with an added dimension related to the intrinsic characteristics of the textile medium and fiber.
Mita’s artwork has been exhibited in art galleries and museums across Canada, as well as in the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. She is a jury member of the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas, Ontario, the Canadian fiber artist group Connections, and the international Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA).