Professor Emerita Pamela Wiley is an artist based in the Low Country of coastal Georgia, on Tybee Island, on the eastern outskirts of Savannah. Recently retired from 24 years of teaching at The Savannah College of Art and Design in the Fibers Department, she pursues her love of all things textile-based and thread-enhanced while investigating the social, cultural, and personal potential of cloth.
Wiley has always viewed the world through the lens of fabrics and textiles. Her 40+ years of professional experience include working as a studio artist producing lines of hand-dyed fabrics and kimonos, a freelance textile designer/design consultant in New York City, a stylist in the New York ribbon and trim industry, a freelance designer for Anthropologie, and a prop designer/fabricator for Broadway shows. Her teaching embraced a wide field of knowledge and interests, eventually leading her to the South of France where she taught in SCAD’s residency art studio program in Lacoste. Her time in France reshaped her thinking regarding the potential of her own textile practice, focusing on French vernacular textiles (in particular Provencal wholecloth quilts, boutis, trapunto) and redefining heirloom textile techniques into a contemporary context.
Pamela Wiley maintains an active studio practice in contemporary fiber work and functional studio textiles. Her works have been exhibited throughout the United States, as well as internationally in Italy, France, and England.