NaOka in Japanese means yellow flower on the horizon. NaOka's founder, Pamela Buscemi, has a sincere enthusiasm for an authentic connection with the natural world. Much inspiration for her art comes from nature. "I am obsessed with patterns, they are everywhere I look-ripples in the water, tree bark, butterfly wings and rock textures. Inspiration found in the natural environment is never ending." Pamela feels that finding serenity in nature is the essence of life. "When letting go and centering one's self-life, love and learning flow freely. If you just let go, whispers of wisdom will guide you."
NaOka specializes in hand-made scarves and textiles, implementing the ancient Japanese dyeing technique of shibori. Shibori describes a variety of ways to embellish textiles by shaping cloth through binding, wrapping, stitching, pleating or twisting. Shibori is a resist-dyed process, which ultimately gives a three-dimensional form, rather than the two-dimensional surface of traditionally dyed fabrics. Each piece is unique, elegant and timeless.
Pamela studied at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, earning a degree in Clothing, Textiles and Design, and the Penland School of Crafts. Her love of ancient textiles, combined with the traditional dyeing methods, has led Pamela to develop her unique and very organic looking style. Each piece in her collection is an original design, made of high quality materials, and entirely hand-made, one piece at a time. Brought to life through Pamela's modern and stunning designs, each piece is a work of soulful art, created from the heart.
Pamela's work can be seen at galleries throughout the country. She has exhibited her work at the American Craft Council Show, The Rosen Group, and the Smithsonian Craft Show.
Pamela lives on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. When she isn't in her studio, she can be found sailing on the bay and kayaking. Her love of adventure is shared with her husband and yellow lab, Sadie.