Paul Anthony Mantia will be dying the outer tent for the Black Light Temple. His cutting-edge technique and unique vision will create a perfectly encompassing atmosphere to house the visionary art being created within.
Paul became well renowned through the advances he made with his revolutionary new dying techniques which have stormed the fashion world and amazed the industry. Normally with shibori, (or tie-dying as it’s commonly known) people are only able to dye a couple types of fabrics. Paul has invented a formula that allows him to dye any material that he wishes. The dyes never wash out and the fluorescents will last forever. With this technique, Paul has created over a hundred thousand pieces, from wearables to physical objects.
Starting from humble beginnings, Paul knew that he had something special inside that needed to be expressed. His goal in life is to create peace out of color and bring people together through art and music.
Paul never gave up on his creative career, no matter how hard things became for him and his wife Ashley Cardaman. It hasn’t been an easy journey, but through his persistence and four years of struggle, he has turned his company into a well-renowned venture with a substantial impact on the fashion world.
Paul originally began his creative career as a musician. He toured with Bill Preston and has an astonishing two hundred songs written and recorded in some form or another. Son of drummer Joe Mantia, he grew up in a musician’s household which exposed him to his love of music and art. He’s toured the world as a musician, but his focus soon turned to his artistic practice of tie-dye where he feels he has more impact.
Paul was linked to the Archimedes project through his artistic association with Tico Chango. Tico and Paul have done many projects together in the past. After brainstorming with Tico for a week about this project, they knew they had something amazing that they could create together with Archimedes Design. Their intention with the Black Light Temple is to fabricate something no one has ever seen before and to allow the participants to experience something unique and beautiful.
The outer skin for this Temple is designed in a way that creates energy. Paul has produced a special pattern and design so that the viewer can imagine and create their own interpretations of what they want to see.
The panels were created under the tallest building in Saugerties, NY, at the Woodstock Museum. The hexagon shape of the building helped inspire Paul as he dyed and worked with the hexagon shaped panels of the dome. The amazing energy of the wildlife and creation inspired him to make imagery that will guide the viewer towards thoughts of our planet, life, love, laughter and happiness. Building an energy force out of color and patterns, this Temple will guide those who enter it to a higher vibration.
This project will likely be the first of many collaborations with Archimedes Design. The intention for the future is for custom made shibori domes to be available for those clients who want to create their own unique spaces.
For all information regarding Paul Anthony Mantia and his projects, please visit www.facebook.com/paul.mantia