Artist: Fr. Frank Sabatté
My work is a merger of “random-stitch” and “free-motion” embroidery. Random-stitch embroidery was developed by Chinese embroiderers as a divergence from the traditional methods of embroidery. Free-motion embroidery is used in the garment industry for embellishing clothing. The painstaking process involves layering threads of various colors to determine value and tonal qualities. The end result is a sense of translucence in the skin tones.
Frank Sabatté, CSP, holds a BA in Studio Art from UCLA and an MA in Sacred Theology from The Catholic University of America. He was the former vice-president of the Liturgical Arts Guild of Ohio and has shown in galleries in San Diego and Columbus, Ohio. He has worked as an illustrator for the Paulist Press since 1977. While at UCLA he studied under James Vallerio, Lee Mullican and Oliver Andrews. A member of the Paulist Fathers, a society of Roman Catholic priests, Fr. Sabatté is currently the Director of “Openings” an artist’s collective in New York City. Fr. Sabatté is Artist-In-Residence for the Paulist Fathers in New York City.