“There are no mistakes; creating a line is a balance between intention and recognizing the possibilities in the moment.”

Paul Nosa is a recipient of a 2015 Artist Research & Development Grant.

Artist Research and Development Grants are designed to support the advancement of artistic research, aid in the development of artistic work and recognize the contributions individual artists make to Arizona’s communities. For more information about the Artist Research & Development Grant, click here.

Paul_Nosa-my_happy_place_300aTucson artist Paul Nosa’s Arizona Sewing Tour takes him around the state to fairs, festivals and arts markets in Kingman, Bisbee, Phoenix, Sedona, Prescott, and elsewhere—13 stops in all—at which he is sewing unique patches with designs inspired by public suggestion.  His portable sewing machine, or the Solar Sewing Rover, is powered by a solar panel and a bicycle that generates electricity, so that his setup requires no external electricity, tables or chairs; all supplies are contained on the Solar Sewing Rover, which also functions as a bicycle trailer. People can ride the bicycle to generate the electricity for their patch.

During each interaction, participants are asked to describe a scenario, using five words or less, that Nosa translates into a one-of-a-kind patch without the use of a computer, template or even a sketch on the fabric. During this tour, Nosa is giving away the resultant patch to the participant. He is, however, photographing each design for inclusion in his second book documenting this process.  It will be the follow-up to his first collection, “Sewn Scenarios”, which highlights many of the 7,000 patches Nosa has already created.

Paul Nosa is an artist, a musician and an inventor in Tucson, Arizona. He created the Solar Sewing Rover, a portable sewing machine powered by solar panel and an electricity-generating bicycle. He uses this device to create original fiber art drawings and patches that illustrate “five-word-or-less scenarios” from participants at public events in a highly performative and collaborative process.

After graduating from the University of Arizona in 1994, Nosa was making pen and ink illustrations and, in 2003, designed a clothing line from resourced material. He began sewing patches in 2005. Drawing with a sewing machine developed from a rewarding art form to his full time career; Nosa has sewn over 7000 original patches and has documented them in his book, Sewn Scenarios.

Nosa is currently touring nationally. Follow his progress and learn more about his work at www.pnosa.com.

Perspectives: P.Nosa

Perspectives is an on ongoing series of interviews and check-ins with recipients of our Artist Research and Development Grant (ARDG). Today we speak with 2015 ARDG recipient Paul Nosa (AKA, P.Nosa) of Tucson.

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Land Tracings

Presented by the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Charteuse

Featuring 2015 Artist Research and Development Grantees David Emitt Adams, Alex! Jimenez, P.Nosa, Lauren Strohacker and Kendra Sollars

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Perspectives: Paul Nosa

Perspectives is an on ongoing series of interviews and check-ins with recipients of our Artist Research and Development Grant (ARDG). Today we speak with 2015 ARDG recipient Paul Nosa of Tucson.

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This week--don't forget to join us this week for the Online Information Session for Artist Research and Development Grants Applicants. During a live webinar-style presentation, Arts Commission staff will walk potential applicants through the ARDG guidelines while offering tips and resources for successful grantwriting. If you can't join us, after the live presentation, a recording will be available. ... See MoreSee Less

Online Information Session for ARDG Grant Applicants

July 20, 2017, 3:30pm - July 20, 2017, 6:30pm

To help you prepare your Artist Research and Development Grant application, the Arts Commission will present an online information session. During a live webinar-style presentation, Arts Commission s...

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