Paula Schubatis is a Detroit-based artist, educator, textile designer, and social sculptor.
Schubatis, a purveyor of all things bright and glittery. She explores urban landscapes through woven textiles, paint, and found materials, using material remnants of the past to manipulate the tactile experience of the present, in an attempt to “assert connections to the past by strengthening links to the present”, and blur the distinction between art and artifact.
Her design work comes from a performative and ceremonial aspect of design and art making as well as the ritual of utilizing functional objects in everyday life. Her work takes on beautiful, painterly, ethereal forms but is often a good-natured poke at traditional notions of style/taste, form and function.
Paula's design work is featured in her eponymous paulaschubatis line which consists of wearable garments and lifestyle objects, the two of which often intersect - function in the paulaschubatis stratosphere takes on a serious, but actively evolving role as the wearer/user invent new ways to engage with an object based on its tactility and form.
She describes herself as 'captivated' by the interactions of colors and forms, and has an intimate and fluid understanding of their dynamic relationships.
Schubatis is currently the Art Teacher at Emerson Elementary-Middle School in Detroit, Michigan.