Lydia Chiappini has worked as an artist in the areas of oils, fibers, acrylic, watercolor, bronze, metals and clay. She received a BA Magna Cum Laude in Fine Art and Biology, an MA in Fine Arts Studio, metalwork and jewelry design, and a Post BA Art Certification for Art Education Grades K-12 from Montclair State University in Upper, Montclair, NJ. Chiappini is a senior adjunct professor of art at Warren County Community College in Washington, NJ, an assistant adjunct professor of art at Raritan Valley Community College in Somerville, NJ and a member of the adjunct art faculty teaching staff at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem. Pa. Chiappini teaches courses in art studio and art history.
In her art work Chiappini wishes to create a connection between nature and the visual forms of her images. The theme behind the work is the spirituality imbued in the living forms of nature and how these living forces power her creativity. Sources of inspiration includes the processes of growth in nature, the energy of living things, the connection between creative and natural energy and the divinity manifested in natural forms. She also has an intense interest in art history and it strongly influences her artwork.
Chiappini is currently working on a body of works called "Fiber Forms: Llamassos" of fibers, oils, and fiber-inspired processes. The work includes wearable art forms, landscapes, figures and abstractions in which llama fiber is used for sculptural collage and in felted, embroidered, handspun and hand woven works. The llama fiber comes from her llama farm, Heaven’s Gate, in Blairstown, NJ. near the Delaware Water Gap and overlooking the Appalachian Trail. She has operated the farm since 1994.
Chiappini is currently exhibiting her work at the Warren County College Art Gallery during the month of Oct. 2013. She was selected as Artist of the Month for October 2013 at www.jerseyarts.com and is also currently featured online in Connections Gallery at artpridenj.com and artslant.com Recent solo exhibits have been featured at the Oxford Municipal Bld. Gallery in Oxford, NJ and the La Duca Gallery in Easton, Pa. Recent group exhibits have included: faculty exhibits; member exhibits for WC Arts, ACE of Easton, PA and the Center for Contemporary Arts in Bedminster, NJ; as well as Riv-10: The Delaware River, A Big Picture at the Antoine Dutot Gallery in Delaware Water Gap, Pa. She is currently planning a solo exhibit in the art gallery at the Family YMCA in Easton, PA.
Chiappini is the author and illustrator of five books: The Llama Who Wished For Wings, Claude’s Wings and Vincent’s Toes, a Tale of Two Friends, A Llama’s Tale, Freesia’s Little Llama Farm, and For Love of Claude, Adventures of a Llama Homesteader.
My current work is a series of images in oils, fibers, and fiber-inspired processes. The work includes landscapes, figures and abstractions in which llama fiber is used for sculptural collage and in felted, embroidered, handspun and hand woven images, in combination with oil paints. Some images are inspired by fiber processes--canvases fragmented like quilt forms, woven dual image canvases, and felted sculptural forms. Sources of inspiration includes the processes of growth in nature, the energy of living things, the connection between creative and natural energy and the divinity manifested in natural forms. The fiber comes from the llamas on my farm, Heaven’s Gate, in Blairstown, NJ, near the Delaware Water Gap and overlooking the Appalachian Trail