“Weaving Worked by Women” was first produced by creating intaglio prints about women and their production in textile arts. I incorporated the prints into the weaving by slicing the intaglio into half-inch strips and using them as part of the weft. Each unit includes one group of women and their fiber art production in different parts of the world and in various times. I envision it as a continuous piece and I will be adding more scroll-like strips. The yarn I used is made of paper and produced in Japan.
Renee Magnanti received her BFA in Fine Arts from SUNY at Buffalo and her MFA from Tulane University. She lives and works in New York City and has shown her work there, in the US, Europe and Asia, in museums, universities and private galleries. She is the recipient of several awards and grants including the Rumsey Traveling Fellowship from SUNY Buffalo, The Creative Artist’s Program grant from the New York State Council on the Arts and a Textile Society of America conference scholarship for Textiles Close Up: Indonesia at the Yale University Art Gallery.
Her current work in encaustic, prints and print weaving is inspired by world textiles and often incorporates text in the image. She is known for her singular technique of carving in encaustic as well as her distinctive approach of combining prints with weaving. Her work is in the collections of the Art in Embassies Program (US Embassy in Burma), Amarillo Museum of Art; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University; National Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria; Sanbao Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China; Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, Rethymno, Crete, Greece; and The Goethe House, Thessaloniki, Greece.