5256A Natrona Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
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Humans have evolved over millenia with textiles both on and around us. We should not allow one century of drywall and air conditioning to distance us from their flexible, connective, and poetic potential.

studio view, detail of Untitled (2015)

In a machine age, dressmaking is one of the last refuges of the human, the personal, the inimitable.



We work with architects, interior designers, artists, and end users to create textile elements for spaces. We bring ideas and implementation for vivid soft walls, operable partitions, and tailored panels that take interior and exterior spaces beyond the ordinary while adding comfort and improving acoustics. Extensive experience with coordination of projects, documents, and presentations translates into plans and details that sync with larger design goals.


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Leah Patgorski / Recent Works
Arsenal Motors
3700 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA
March 9 - May 3, 2021
View by appointment using this calendar
or email leah@leahpatgorski.com.

The Other Border Wall Project
A collaboration with Tereneh Idia
and Jenn Nagle Myers since 2017
to creatively resist the Border Wall and its message.
Exhibition coming to Pittsburgh Cultural District when gallery activities are less restricted.
Visit otherborderwallproject.com to learn more.


panel with dyed section, studio view

We must come down to earth from the clouds where we live in vagueness, and experience the most real thing there is: material.


Artist Statement

By reminding us of the handmade, and illustrating abundant math and geometry, the woven materials surrounding us are reminders of human inventiveness. Linens, robes, and draperies, and the like impart coziness, pliability, privacy, and warmth to life.

Whether making a simple fabric shade or a complex sculpture, the same consideration goes into each seam I make. These different areas of my work are equally important, and in every case I am going for the right mix of objectivity and self-investment. A studio practice I have carried on since 2003 generates sculptures, partitions, and painting-like objects made of textiles. In creating sculptures, I work methodically, sometimes beginning with paper models to work towards quiet and mysterious volumes. With two-dimensional works, chance details slip into measured courses as they build. Pieces move back and forth between rule-following and improv, color experiments and found hues. Studio work influences my perspective on intangibles like intimacy, loss, growth, shadows, and the history behind materials.


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Indeed, tone or voice is what you get when, larynxlike, you breathe through structure.


studio table, detail of Still (2018)