Named a Maestra Rilegatore (Master Bookbinder) in the 1998 international bookbinding competition “100 Maestri Rilegatore per L”Infinito,” Patricia Silva’s work can be found in the United States and Italy.
Patricia Silva teaches Book Arts at SACI. She worked for 10 years as a graphic designer and art director in the publication industry before her interests led her to the field of Book Arts.
She has interned in the book conservation labs of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia under Hedi Kyle and in the Library Company in Philadelphia, and has also worked as a book conservation technician at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia. She studied with Frank Mowery at the Centro del Bel Libro in Ascona, Switzerland, and with Chistopher Clarkson at the Rare Book School of the University of Virginia. Her work can be found in collections both in the US and in Italy.
Patricia Silva has a BFA in Art History/Studio Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston; MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
The most effective teachers I have known have been those who have been able to impart a sense of curiosity and enthusiasm to their students. A sound technical base is essential, but will yield little fruit if the student does not have a degree of passion for what he/she is doing. In my teaching, I try to share with my students a broad vocabulary of techniques which they can then utilize to give voice to their imaginations. Through mutual questioning and exploration, I hope to facilitate and enliven my student’s search for his individual artistic vision.
Teaching in Italy allows me to impart a sense of history and tradition in the arts which often times is lacking in modern societies. At a time when the book is losing its dominant position as an information carrier, I wish to expose my students to the myriad of creative, aesthetic and conceptual possibilities available in book arts.