Saturday, December 4, 2021

Barbara’s Wearable Art – A Canvas of Island Life

Photos by Joseph Parisi

Photos by Joseph Parisi

By Maria Lamb

The photographs of Marco Island’s wildlife photographer and artist, Joe Parisi reflect Southwest Florida’s wildlife and iconic places. He has exhibited his artwork extensively at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, as well as local art fairs. Joe’s most popular photographs are a collection of Marco Island sceneries and wildlife. People form connections to the island’s special places, and an art purchase serves as a remembrance of their Marco Island experience. Whether small or large, Joe’s photographs capture Marco Island’s unique ecological diversity.

Barbara Parisi, Joe’s wife, is also a very talented artist, using her hands to sew, weave,



embroider and hand quilt, in addition to crafting her own unique jewelry line. Through her interest in textiles she transforms Joe’s photographs into “wearable or practical art” items, such as eyeglass cases and crossbody and clutch bags. Images are printed on pima cotton fabric, quilted and then sewn into the respective product line, all by hand. Color coordinated linings and embellishments add a one-of-a-kind creative touch to the finished product. But the most important elements are Joe’s photographs that capture the essence of magical places and wildlife unique to our island paradise.

These artistic fabric creations by Barbara are a unique way



to showcase Marco’s local treasures, such as our smallest resident raptor, the burrowing owl, the elegant white egret, the soaring osprey, the flamboyant roseate spoonbill, the nesting eagles, and fishing pelicans. The practicality of “wearable art” makes it easier for everyone to enjoy a lasting connection to a favorite place, and to take the memory with them everywhere. And any photograph can be used.

Barbara’s collections are available for purchase at the Marco Island Center for the Arts Gift Shop. For more information, contact Barbara Parisi at 781-864-8294 or



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