“Re-birth” is a powerful and evocative artwork that captures the essence of the struggles faced by women who battle internal conflicts and vulnerability. It speaks to the uncertainty and isolation that often accompany these struggles. The intricate weaving of threads within the artwork represents the soul of the woman, reflecting her experiences, dreams, feelings, compassion, as well as the privations, knots, and pain that come with her journey. The artwork is a testament of hope and deep desire to see a world where women are free from the oppression and violence that so often hold them back. Every stitch within the artwork represents vision of a future where women are empowered to break free from the chains of injustice and emerge into a world filled with promise and opportunity. The vibrant colors and textures within the artwork symbolize the hope that this dream may one day become a reality.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Chiara is an Italian-born artist and educator. Originally from Treviso, Italy, she has always had a passion for arts and illustration. She learned how to sew, mend, and repurpose clothes and textiles from her grandmothers, and over the years, she has experimented with various media and techniques. In 2019, she started studying weaving techniques and started focusing on textile fiber arts.
Chiara’s recent works include hand-woven tapestries and wearable pieces that explore the relationship between individuals and the environment, the role of women in society, and cultural identity. She mainly uses natural materials, recycled fibers, clothes, yarns, and textiles in her works. She also creates custom-built looms where individual looms of organic shape come together to form a larger modular picture.
Chiara’s works have been featured in international group exhibitions, online group exhibitions, art galleries, and museums in the USA, Italy, and South Korea. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from the University IUAV, Venice, Italy (2007), and her Master of Arts in Fashion Retail and Luxury Management from the London College of Contemporary Art (2019). Before moving to the United States, she worked as a fashion designer, product designer, and graphic designer in Italy. In 2017, she joined the School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois, where she currently holds a position as Clinical Assistant Professor, teaching classes in fashion design, textile design, and sustainable fashion design.
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