International Advisory Board


Elisabeth Nacenta

Elisabeth Nacenta

Elisabeth Nacenta-de la Croix finds her inspiration in the images registered by her memory during her daily walks in parks or along the Leman’s lake, from images from TV programs or from magazines. It is not about reproducing a pattern, but it is a kind of personal and expressive language mixing sewing, embroidery, painting, collage… She focus since several years now on nature especially on the water, its movements and reflections which are always the same but every day different; the change in continuity is for her a continuous source of wonder.

In her landscapes, she only uses squares and rectangles cut and settled in an intuitive way. The composition and the surface arrangement are the record of her daily mood and reflect her conscious and unconscious emotions.

It is her fantasy which decides of the colors and the light which intensity and tone give life to the whole design. She mainly uses hand dyed or painted fabrics and batiks, so strong with their shapes, shades and so vivid colors; she adds details with screen printing or any other mixed media, then works on texture with threads, wool or whatever she has, and finally concentrate on the embroidery always done by machine.

Born in France but living in Switzerland for many years now, she traveled to many countries for her studies or for holidays and got influenced by different atmospheres. She won the JHIA Price in 2013 as well as many others and her work is often selected for important shows; she was the coordinator in 2004 for a selection of works from the french part of Switzerland to be exhibited in Canada and in 2011 she was President of the Jury for the Carrefour Européen du Patchwork challenge "Tangled".

Member of SAQA since 2001 she has been Rep for the Europe/Middle East Region and is now a member of the Exhibition Committee. Elisabeth also belongs to the Swiss Guild group PatCHquilt as well as to France Patchwork.