Antonietta Torsiello is an award winning visual and textile artist of Jamaican and Italian heritage raised in East London, UK. Mediums she works with include silk screen, lino print, etching, acrylic, watercolour, drawing ink, oil pastel, lentils, seeds and soil. Her work discusses the complex relationship between texture, nature, cultural traditions, emotion and her own personal experiences. Growing up in a cultural area of London with vibrant African and Asian communities, Antonietta developed an appreciation of textiles and a melting pot of cultures which can be seen in her working style.
Antonietta won the Oxford House Gallery People’s Choice award with her lithograph artwork titled ‘Miscommunication’ in 2011. Since then she has exhibited her art work with galleries, institutions including the OXO Tower, The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, The Prince’s Trust, University College London, Credit Suisse Bank, KPMG Bank and Transport for London.
While studying Fashion and Textiles at College Antonietta developed a real passion for texture and specifically silk screen printing. Something which she continued to use as a tool for her artistic expression, majoring in printed textiles in her final major project at University.
Antonietta is currently delivering innovative courses and workshops, including: linocut printmaking, childrens workshops, hand painted ceramics, upholstery and commissions.
In 2014, Antonietta set up her successful Art and Homeware business with product ranging from art works, cushions, lampshades, tea towels, greeting cards.
Her products are developed and designed in her East London studio. The textiles in her range are hand printed using environmentally friendly inks on natural unbleached cotton.
As well as running her own practice, Antonietta is a community artist working on projects with several Local authorities and community groups. In 2015 she Founded the Forest Gate Arts Trail, to improve community art engagement and make art accessible through local exhibitions and interactive art workshops in East London, whilst improving links between local schools, businesses and the wider art community.
She is a member of Creative Bloc Arts Collective, E17 Designers & Artist’s Union England