Paola Zanda – Artist style #2

Giacometti has done a lot of portraits, so I chose my husband Paolo’s portrait for the second challenge.

This allowed me to perform the whole design with machine quilting without straining the hands prevented by arthritis in this long bad period.

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


  1. carolinehiggs

    A great portrait in true Giacometti style. I really admire the way that you are managing to produce these pieces without straining your hands. Great work.

  2. Chantal Guillermet

    Great portrait ! we really recognize Paolo !!!
    I like you treated the background fabric, it is very subtle.

  3. Chantal Guillermet

    Great portrait ! we really recognize Paolo !!!
    I like how you treated the background fabric, it is very subtle.

  4. Fantastic, love the simplicity and use of stitching in the portrait. Cheers

  5. studiociboulette

    Lovely, you have captured Paolo. Bravo!

  6. I immediately recognized Paolo in your picture. Very nice stitching. I like the little, very subtle rust color in the background.

  7. Maryte Collard

    With so little you are able to say so much. You are a true artist, Paola, bravo!

  8. A great portrait, love that background, so subtle!

  9. I hope your hands are better. The portrait is similar to Paםlo . well done

  10. joanbrailsford

    A great portrait and I can see the likeness. It’s such a good idea to use this style and machine stitching to good effect so that your hands are not strained. I look forward to your next piece

  11. I admire how you were able to do the whole portrait of Paolo’s likeness in Giacometti’s style with minimal strain on your hands. The background stitching and subtle colors of your fabric work well together to enhance the portrait. Well done!

  12. An excellent likeness of Paolo. You have used your machine to great effect. I hope your hands recover soon.

  13. I find the drawings of Giacometti to be fascinating, pulling the viewer in for a closer look. You have beautifully portrayed your husband in this style. I like the controlled looseness of the artwork.

  14. I recognize Paolo, so you did a great job. I like how you added a little colors in the background.

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