About me as an Artist

Marina's photo
a hat in progress

I am self taught. Although creative since childhood, I have been actively making art since 1995 when I began exploring mixed media. I discovered felt in January 2011 and have been completely absorbed by exploring every aspect of felt. I currently work with raw fiber (wool, alpaca, silk) making works of felt without utilizing pre-made felt. Within my artwork, I explore wearables, such as Nuno-felt scarves and dresses (using silk, cotton textiles, and fiber), bags, and hats. I additionally explore structural art: vessels; wrapped found objects, stones, and driftwood; and larger pieces including rugs, wall art, sculpture, and game boards.

My inspiration is gathered from my experiences, from nature, and from other artists’ work,  all of which inform my work in color and composition. After exploring many media I feel as if I have come home when I work with felt. Fiber and felting are a perfect expression of what I want to create: objects of beauty which are satisfyingly tactile and which nourish the soul.

Wet felting goes back 8,000 years. Primarily I work using wet felting technique: I use layered raw fibers, soap, water and agitation through rubbing and rolling in order to create felt. Much of my work is created over days or even weeks. I strive at all times to be conscious of the craft at play, of my experience of the materials, and of the evolution of the felt work.

In 2017 I participated in a group show in Iceland and had a solo show at Oliva Gallery (Chicago, IL). I have participated in group shows at Judy Saslow Gallery (Chicago, IL), The Drawing Room (Portland, ME), Blueberry View Artist Retreat (Benton Harbor, MI) and have offered works to many fundraising auctions since 1997. I have participated in 2 Felter’s Fling events.