After a extensive career as an interior designer with her own firm, this Minnetonka, MN artist began to focus on weaving as a creative outlet that was compatible with child-rearing and family life. Inspired by the textiles she worked with as a designer, she engaged in several years of study, and had the opportunity to meet influential fiber artists Kaffe Fassett and Jack Lenor Larsen. “Along the way,” she recalls, “I fell in love with linen. Something about it grabbed me and wouldn’t let go.”
Marian opened her own studio in 2009. The next year, her work was juried into the American Craft Council show in St. Paul and has since been featured in ACC shows in San Francisco and Baltimore as well.
The artist is concerned with quality, affordability and environmentally responsible practice. Her towel and table designs are all hand woven and produced in small runs. “Linen can be challenging and even frustrating to weave since it is not at all elastic,” she explains. “One’s weaving style must be very consistent, and one’s warping must be perfect to keep tension on the loom absolutely even.” It is important to Marian that linen, spun from flax fibers, is a renewable natural resource. She chooses yarns that are imported from Belgium and Lithuania, and bear the European “Masters of Linen” certification for purity and ecological responsibility. Linen affords her textiles durability and absorbency. Her pieces are quick to dry and soften with use over time.
The Grand Hand features textiles from Marian’s Cabin Series, designs that evolved from the artist’s observations of the natural surroundings at her family’s vacation home.