- My floorcloths are durable and functional pieces of art that are made to be used on the floor, walked on or hung on the wall. I use basic shapes, clean lines and repetitive designs that are inspired by textiles, quilting and repeating patterns that can be found all around us. My background in fibers has always led me to additive processes in making art – my floorcloths are not designed, they are constructed. I build patterns by layering painted shapes and using machine sewing to piece sections of painted canvas until a single shape, element, or line transforms into a continual surface.
Gabrielle received her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She continued her training at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, earning an MFA in Fibers. Since completing her education, Gabrielle has taught in the Fibers and Foundation departments at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia and in Philadelphia area community colleges.
Currently, she is co-director of an art education center in Stockton, New Jersey. She also serves as a regular artist-in-residence at area public schools, where she works with children’s groups to help them create community quilt projects for permanent installation at their schools.
Gabrielle’s artwork has been awarded a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship. It has also been featured in many periodicals and exhibited in juried and invitational shows throughout the country.