18. Frances Trombly

In honor of our Artopia party on Thursday, Cultist proudly presents "100 Creatives," where we feature Miami's cultural superheroes in random order. Have suggestions for future profiles? Email cultist@miaminewtimes.com with the whos and whys.

18. Frances Trombly
Courtesy of Francis Trombly

18. Frances Trombly

If you've ever been out in Miami during an art walk, it's likely that you've seen Frances Trombly's work. Perhaps, at first you didn't notice it was art at all, but just maybe wondered why the hell there was a pile of crumpled up paper in the corner. Trombly works with fabrics, weaving, embroidering, crocheting and cross-stitching to create objects that will deceive (in a nice way) and definitely will fascinate. Her embroidery work of Publix receipts would fool even the most seasoned grocery shopper. It's hard not to be amazed by the detail and labor that goes into the creation of representations of things we see, use, and throw out everyday.

Trombly was born and raised in Miami where she lives with her husband artist Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova and her young daughter. She co-runs the Design District exhibition space Dimensions Variable, which is used to show one work at a time, giving viewers an intimate and not overwhelming experience with the art.

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After receiving her BFA from the Maryland Institute's College of Art, she went on to complete residencies at the Capri Palace and the Vermont Studio Center. She was the only Miami artist mentioned in the New Museum's 2009 Younger Than Jesus directory and was granted the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual & Media Artists in 2009.

Trombly has had five solo shows since 2006, most recently at the Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia and Girls' Club in Ft. Lauderdale, where her exhibition "Paintings" includes what appear to be blank canvases, but are actually handwoven fabrics. Many publications have featured her work, including Art + Auction and Art in America. Though her creations may fool the eye, there's no questioning Trombly's sincerity as an artist and commitment to her family.

1. List five things that inspire you.


-Leyden, my husband
-Penelope, my daughter
-Miami
-The little things
-Fabric

2. What was your last big project?

Birthing Penelope.

3. What's your next big project?

Raising Penelope.

4. Why do you do what you do?

It gives me freedom. The freedom to express what I want and spend all day with my husband and daughter.

5. What's something you want Miami to know about you? 

I'd like Miami to know that the above photo was taken while installing my solo exhibition: "Paintings," currently on view at Girls Club in Ft. Lauderdale.

What's something you don't want Miami to know about you?

I'm not sure why I would tell you something that I don't want you to know.

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19. Jose Mertz
20. Emma Trelles
21. Pablo Cano
22. Natasha Tsakos
23. Freegums

24. Aurora Natrix
25. Gean Moreno
26. Yaddyra Peralta
27. Barron Sherer

28. Brigid Baker
29. Daniel Fila
30. McLaine Oberhellmann
31. Fro Rojas
32. Annie Hollingsworth
33. Preston Allen
34. Cristina Molina
35. David Josef Tamargo
36. Jillian Mayer

37. Alfonso Vega
38. Natasha Lopez de Victoria
39. Aholsniffsglue


40. Heather Maloney
41. Jorge Rubiera
42. Elaine Lancaster
43. Nick Duckart
44. Danielle Estefan
45. John Dufresne

46. Monica Lopez de Victoria
47. Bill Bilowit
48. Alette Simmons-Jimenez
49. Tawnie Silva
50. Ginger Bardot
51. Jonathan David Kane
52. Naomi Fisher
53. Rocky Grimes

54. Teresa Barcelo
55. Paul Tei
56. Lee Materazzi

57. Karla Garcia
58. Anna Mixon
59. Octavio Campos
60. P. Scott Cunningham
61. Elena Garcia
62. Summer Hill
63. Autumn Casey
64. Juan Navarro
65. Serge Toussaint
66. David Rohn
67. Diane Brache
68. Spencer Morin
69. James Anthony
70. Jim Drain
71. Claudia Calle
72. Kevin Arrow

73. Andrew Hevia
74. Ana Mendez
75. Michael McKeever
76. Diana Lozano
77. Ricardo Pau-Llosa
78. Agustina Woodgate
79. Tarell Alvin McCraney
80. Jennifer Kronenberg
81. Farley Aguilar
82. Colin Foord
83. Karelle Levy
84. Matt Gajewski
85. Antonia Wright
86. Allen Charles Klein
87. Christy Gast
88. Gustavo Matamoros
89. Shareen Rubiera-Sarwar

90. Kyle Trowbridge
91. Clifton Childree
92. Jessica Gross
93. Danny Brito
94. Nektar de Stagni
95. Anthony Spinello
96. Vanessa Garcia
97. Justin Long
98. Rosie Herrera
99. Rick Falcon

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