Paola Zanda – Artist style #1

To give continuity to last year’s series, I chose a Swiss artist:

Alberto Giacometti October 10, 1901 – January 11, 1966.

Alberto Giacometti was a sculptor, painter and engraver; he is one of the most important Swiss artists. Although he worked mostly in Paris, he regularly returned to his native valley; the landscapes of the Bregaglia were also a source of inspiration for him.

My first challenge is my self-portrait done in his style. This allowed me to perform the whole design with machine quilting without straining the hands prevented by arthritis in this bad period.

Colicot cotton dyed in layers with acrylic colours.
Machine quilting with embroidery and sewing threads in cotton.

Detail of “Caroline” Alberto Giacometti 1961


  1. A great start to your series. Your stitching is wonderful and the limited colour palette works really well.

  2. WOW, great interpretation and congratulations on being able to stitch with your hands giving you so much pain. Bravo

  3. Chantal Guillermet

    What a portrait ! choosing a self portrait as a first quilt in your series is a very good idea. Bravo ! I like your background fabric.

  4. Wow, what a portrait! Must have given you great satisfaction to be able to free machine embroider this piece minimizing pain in your hands. Giacometti is of course a most wonderful choice, love all his work. Will eagerly look forward to your next piece.

  5. A great start to your series and an excellent choice of technique for your hands to cope with at this time. Your portrait is clearly in the style of your artist.

  6. Very interesting, I wonder if you are going to continue making more drawings? That’s very original and really reflects Alberto Giacometti style. I have just learned about him, thanks to you 🙂

  7. Your portrait is really in Giacometti’s style. I admire how you were able to do the whole portrait in line drawing on the machine, A very good choice to minimize the strain on your hands.
    I love the subtle painted colours of your background.

  8. I really like Giacometti. Your work is so different from your style I know. Love the result and look forward to see how you continue

  9. I admire how you have constructed your portrait in this style, and used the stitches as drawn lines. A very striking depiction

  10. I like how you have done your self portrait in this particular artist’s style. The understated use of color works well in your composition.

  11. At first I thought it is a little scary, but it is really Giacometti’s style. I admire how you did this piece with all the fysical problems you have to deal with.

  12. Like Giacometti’s rough pencil scrawls give vigorous definition to his drawings you have created a self portrait in his style with your thread sketching. Well done Paola!

  13. Great idea for the start of this series. Perfect interpretation of Giacometti’s lines and style.

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