Kelly Marshall’s inviting textiles are perennial favorites among craft-lovers across the country. A weaver and designer, the Minneapolis artist founded Custom Woven Interiors in 1992 and built a following with her durable, reversible cotton and linen rugs, table runners and wall hangings for home and corporate settings. She has since expanded her repertoire to include soft blankets and longwearing upholstery fabrics.
Her knack for rich color combinations and distinctive patterns took root during a year abroad early in her career. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Applied Design from the University of Minnesota, she continued her study of textile practice at the Belgian Lace School and at Sweden’s Forsa Folkhogskola, where she learned the Scandinavian Rep weave technique that is the foundation of her work. Her designs are also influenced by elements from Prairie Style and American Southwest traditions. Custom work is Kelly’s specialty: she is adept at creating pieces that fit the specialized needs of her clients.
The artist has won multiple awards, among them, Best of Show in Fiber honors at the Philadelphia Museum of Arts Craft Show and a Juror Award at Denver’s Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Her work is included in the collections of the American Swedish Institute and the McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.
Kelly works to foster education about and appreciation for the fiber arts as a speaker and guest instructor. Dedicated to the support of emerging artists, she has maintained an internship program at her studio since 1993 and participates in the Mentor Program at the Textile Center in Minneapolis. Kelly is a member of the Fiber Artists Collective, a national organization of professional artists.
In November 2010, Kelly was featured on the tpt series MN Original. Watch the video here.