Leonie Castelino is an American Contemporary Fiber Artist in Textiles.
Her work is deeply rooted in the ancient Asian Textile Arts of Bojagi from Korea, Rozome and Shibori from Japan, and Dye Painting, Gutta and Wax stamping (Tjapp) of Java. She has studied with the leading International artists from Korea, Japan, Indonesia and USA.
In her review, "Jadite Jewels" of the 2016 Exhibition 'SMALL IS GREAT', Anne Rudder described her work: "organic, seamed, diaphanous sculpted forms... airy, silk organza pieces floated and turned slowly, infusing the space with light and felicitous soft colors. Castelino's pieces emanated great spirituality in their serene suggestions."
Leonie’s contribution to BOJAGI in Contemporary Trends in Fiber Art was noted, and her work featured, in the 2013 Academia Romana Treatise: ‘Amprente Cultural in Arta Fibrelor’ by Prof. Anna-Maria Orban, Ph.d, of Romania National Arts University in Bucharest.
She was selected as the featured Pojagi Artist in the 2014 Sixth&Spring Books Publication: ‘The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilt Techniques’ by Linda Seward.
Her work in textiles has been in International Solo Exhibitions in the US, and in South Africa, at the UCT Irma Stern Museum in Cape Town, and at The Embassy of the Philippines in Pretoria. The review, "Textile Art to Delight the Senses" in the Cape Times by Virginia Wilkinson described the 32 works of art in Bojagi, Shibori, Rozome and Gutta in the exhibition, ‘METAMORPHOSIS’: "A rare combination of passion, technique and beauty....... to create material poetry..."
Leonie’s Art in Textile has been exhibited in International Museums and Galleries in Juried International Textile Exhibitions. Works of her Art in Textiles and Objects of Art are in private collections.
She attained Journeyman status at the Isabel O’Neil Studio in Manhattan in rendering of historical European Decorative Arts of the past centuries when Europe discovered India, China and Japan. She specialized in Vizagapatam rendering in pen and ink, Gilding, Chinoiserie, Japonisme, Tortoiseshell and Faux Bois on Objects of Art. Cross-influence is in her Textile art.
She organized a Cultural Tour of South India in 2006.
Leonie was Visiting Faculty at University of Cape Town - Irma Stern Museum, South Africa.
Faculty at The Isabel O’Neil Workshop & Studio, New York, for Gilding on Objects of Art. And Faculty at The New Studio for Penwork and Gilding on Objects of Art.
She has a MA and MBA, and worked in Corporate Strategic Planning and New Business Development in New York, USA.