Woolpunk (aka Michelle Vitale) is an American artist, born in Summit, NJ in 1971. Woolpunk,inspired by an immigrant seamstress grandmother who sewed American flags for a living, machine knits fiber installations, quilts sculptures and embroiders photos of urban sprawl. She has created large-scale site specific forms for a variety of institutions including the Cathedral of St John the Divine, NYC; Hunterdon Museum, NJ; Lion Brand Yarn Studio, NYC; and Casaterra Residency, Italy. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Arts and Crafts Museum, Itami, Japan; ABC No Rio, NYC; and Galerie Kurt I'm Hirsch in Berlin, Germany. And she has received numerous grants from the Puffin Foundation, Goldman Sachs, Geraldine Dodge Foundation, The Fine Arts Work Center, among others.
Cast, Puglia, Italy, 2004