Noel Palomo-Lovinski is the artist behind Confessions and the Sense of Self at Kent State University Museum. In this question and answer format post, I have interviewed Noel about her work.
1. What is your background and education?
I have a BFA in fashion design from Parsons the New School for Design, an MA in Visual Culture from New York University and an MFA in Textiles from Kent State University. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor in the Kent State Fashion and Merchandising department. I have done a lot of freelance work and worked at places like DKNY, Episode and Anne Crimmins.
2. Are textiles your primary form of artwork or do you do other forms of art as well?
My background is in fashion design so drawing and illustration are major parts of my design process. They do not result in a final art piece though. I am not currently represented by a gallery.
3. How long were you working on the Confessions project?
I have been working on this subject area since 2003.
4. What did you find most surprising about the confessions that you read?
The most surprising aspect was how universal so many of them were and how different image can be from reality.
5. What is your next project?
I haven't gotten there yet but I would like to perhaps explore more sculptural aspects in connection to fabric and, of course, confessions.
6. Where do you find in inspiration for your work?
I read a lot. I hear a lot of issues brought up with other women I know that mirror my own concerns and I start to see patterns.
7. Who is your favourite fashion desginer?
I have many but I greatly admire the work of Hussein Chalayan, Rei Kawakubo, and Alexander McQueen.