Sewing Artist/Artexpo Exhibitor Paul Nosa Tours U.S. to Inspire Creativity & Sustainability

Paul Nosa is like the Johnny Appleseed of creativity, eco-friendliness and edgy artistry. His national “sewing tour”—soon underway—cuts an ambitious swath that he hopes will inspire people’s creativity, provide a tangible patch for their ideas (literally), and teach them to use alternative energy sources. Nosa seeds ingenuity and delight wherever he sews.

“I’m an artist who draws with a sewing machine. My designs aren’t pre-drawn and I don’t use a computer or template. This is a non-traditional method of using a conventional sewing machine. I’m totally self-taught.”

Nosa, who has been sewing for the past eight years, asks people to think of a scenario in “five words or less,” and sews his interpretation on the spot onto a piece of fabric or “patch.” He’s put people’s ideas in stitches more than 5,000 times.

For the sake of sustainability, the sewing machine is mounted to his Solar Sewing Rover, a portable table powered by a solar panel and a bicycle electric generator (you’ve got to see it to believe it). People ride the bicycle and generate electricity to make their own patch.

With support from friends and well-wishers, Sewing Tour 2012 will begin from Nosa’s hometown of Tucson, Arizona, in May and finish in October. The tour will follow cities along the west coast including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and then head eastward to Chicago, Pittsburgh, Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C.—with many more cities to be included.

“By supporting the project, you will be helping to cover the cost of my solar-powered drive around the country. As well as receiving a piece of my artwork with your pledge, you will be helping people use their imaginations, understand how to use solar energy, and build a bicycle electric generator.”

Nosa will exhibit his fiber with function at Artexpo New York from March 22-25. He’s currently raising funds for the tour on his Kickstarter page.

Paul Nosa’s previous sewing installations include: San Francisco’s Exploratorium 2010 and 2011, Bay Area and New York Maker Faire 2010 and 2011, Pittsburgh Children’s Museum 2011, Oregon Country Fair 2010 and 2011, Harmony Festival 2010 and 2011, Bumbershoot 2010, Oakland Art MurMur 2010 and 2011, Sustainable Living Roadshow 2011, Treasure Island Music Festival 2010 and 2011, Philadelphia Folk Festival 2011, San Francisco and Chicago Renegade Craft Fair 2010, West Coast Art and Frame 2011, and New York Artexpo 2011.

I’ll close this post with a fun video about Paul’s work. He did the music and photography as well!

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