Clara Nartey - Featured Artist

My artwork explores using machine stitches in a variety of ways - to draw lines, to shade, and color. In my explorations, I discovered that drawing a line with a sewing machine is like sketching with a pen! 
For me, the sewing machine has become a sketching tool. I’ve developed my sewing abilities to a point where I can now use my sewing machine to simulate traditional sketching techniques like making hatch marks for shading. I render my ideas with a needle as my drawing tool, a thread as my ink and fabric as my drawing surface.


One area of focus for my work is portrait drawing with textiles. My portraits examine issues of identity and culture, especially as they relate to women and how society passes judgment based on one’s appearance, for example, one’s hairstyle.

Can women separate who they are from how they look? It’s the question of image versus identity. Is society right to judge you based on what’s on your head rather than what’s in it?  How do women choose to respond to this dynamic – conform or rebel?






Home page slide show images: CWA Member Michele Tragakiss, Hope, Oil and Ink on Paper; CWA Member Kathleen DeMeo, Alpenglow, Monotype; CWA Member Grace McEnaney, The Rose Window, Watercolor.  Home page events images: L to R: Diane Brown, Loop-dee-Loop, oil & cold wax painting; Carol Zamcheck, Three Birds, alabaster sculpture; Linda DeStefanis, Delayed Departure, oil on canvas painting.  Events page: A recent CWA Annual National Open Juried Exhibition at the Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, Connecticut - Photo by CWA member B. Rossitto.

Copyright © 2019 - 2020 by Connecticut Women Artists, Inc. All rights reserved. Website by Paulette De Lucia.