Giuseppe ‘G’ Ribaudo calls himself a modern traditionalist quilter, meaning his work bridges both aesthetics, and he is making a name for himself as a fabric and quilt pattern designer. Hailing from New York City, he is looking forward to a month of residency at Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts and Agriculture this season and to have time to be experimental again. 

“I’ve never had an opportunity like this before. I’ve never done a residency so I’ve never had a month to just work on just something out of just joy.” says Ribaudo. “It’s like, what a gift, right?”

Ribaudo comes from a New York-Sicilian restaurateur family, where quilting is not the norm. His grandmother was a seamstress and taught him to sew. On his website bio he explains, “She taught me to sew in the Sicilian fashion, which is to say she would show me how to do something and I would have approximately 10 seconds to demonstrate that I had learned it perfectly before she’d abruptly pick me up and sew the seam herself.”

In college, he took up quilting on his own accord, in an improvisational manner, cutting up pieces of fabric and sewing them back together. His foray into fabric design came via on-the-job training at Andover Fabrics, where he worked as a Marketing, then a Multimedia Manager. “Really, what I gathered a lot was learning about the fabric design process while I was there. That was where I asked all my questions. That’s where I was most curious.”

In 2020, on the cusp of the global pandemic, Ribaudo stepped out of his full role at Andover, so he could focus on his own pattern and fabric design company, Guicy Giuce (pronounced juicy-juice). The timing worked out well, but now he admits, even entrepreneurship is starting to feel like a job, with its rote schedules and routines.

That’s in part why he’s looking forward to his visit to PMRCAA:

“I long for that old magic of waking up every day and seeing what I was gonna make and seeing what will come of it, you know? And so that’s what I’m most excited about with the residency…that’s my job for a month. I get to just make and create and try new things and I can stick to the sketchbook if I want, or I can try new things that I discover along the way. That’s really what I’m thrilled about. Because at the end of the day, I’m a creative person, and that’s what I want to be known for,” says Ribaudo.

He is coming to the ranch with the aim of being an artist first and foremost, but he is not coming without a plan. He has a vision of working with Re, a quilted block-slash pattern that he designed, which has intricate pieces.

“My partner Steve is an artist and he talks a lot about ‘exhausting a subject’. And I’ve never really done that,” says Ribaudo. “I have lots of ideas of different ways that I want to use this [Re] pattern, but I’ve never had the gift of time to be able to explore all the different permutations of what I could create with this design, and so that’s what I’m going to be focusing on with the residency.”

Open Studio Event with Giuseppe ‘G’ Ribaudo of Giucy Guice 

Hear from Ribuado alongside multimedia artist Esperanze Cortés and scientific writer Minal Mistry at the Open Studio on May 9th, from 4-6 p.m.

About the Resident

Giuseppe Ribaudo (aka Giucy Giuce) is an avid modern traditionalist quilter. Residing in Queens just outside of Manhattan, he spends his time designing fabric for NYC-based Andover Fabrics, writing quilt patterns, and teaching different quilting techniques. Most of his work utilizes various foundation paper piecing methods.

Published On: April 6th, 2024 / Categories: Pine Meadow Ranch, Pine Meadow Ranch Programs /