Fiber — An Adventure in Textures

Hi, I’m Marilyn.  I’ve recently accepted the invitation to be the fourth moderator of the Felt and Fiber Forum to replace Karen who left last year.

Paper sculpture "Change"

Paper Sculpture “Change”

As long as I can remember, Ive been fascinated with texturesthe grooved trunk of a tree, the delicate petal of a flower, the juxtaposition of smooth sand and a raging ocean wave.  Im a hands on person and have reveled in creating textures in a variety of mediums involving fiber.

As a young girl, my aunt taught me to sew which was great since I was able to make my own clothes to fit since I had long arms and legs. Later, when I had two boys of my own, I made their clothes.

Throughout my young adult life I continued to sew, design clothes, crochet, embroider, knit, played with string art, quilling and macramé. I also was interested in drawing and watercolor.  But 3D texture was always the draw for me. And water. For many years I made paper, my specialty being textured paper sculptures. Of course, paper is fiber and requires water to process. I had wanted to be an artist, but coming from a practical family I was encouraged to go into business instead.

Stained Glass Vase

Stained Glass Vase

My college education was interrupted, but when I returned after my sons were born I waffled about my major. Most of my credits were in business so if switched to art I would have had to start over. My husband Craig gave me excellent advice. He was a marketing major in college and told me that no matter what career path I chose I would always have to market myself and a product. So marketing became my major.

It was more creative than I imagined and I was able to combine my knowledge of art and design as well as my love of writing into a career in corporate marketing.

I discovered felting when I retired a few years ago. It was instant love.  Like all of my other creative endeavors, I researched and learned on my own.  But now thanks to the wonders of the Internet and You Tube it was a much quicker and easier process.

Hand Stitched Eyeglass Case

Hand Stitched Eyeglass Case

When I found the Felt and Fiber Forum/Studio, I knew I found a home.  Ive learned so much from the wonderful cyber collective of felt and fiber artists from across the globe. I enjoy the camaraderie and look forward to sharing my knowledge of art, marketing and my creations.  And, of course, continuing to learn and be challenged by all of you as well.

Apopka Lake, Florida

Apopka Lake, Florida

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29 Responses to Fiber — An Adventure in Textures

  1. Lyn says:

    This is wonderful news for the forum because the experience, creativity and enthusiasm you will bring into your moderator’s role will be appreciated by all the members.

  2. Well, it is nice to get to know you better. I am sure you will do a great job. I work mostly in the local art world. I do market myself locally, as that is really all I can handle at my age. Networking is my major tool. I try to exhibit in every show and belong to local art associations. I have more offers to exhibit than I can always take. Marketing is a big part of being an artist.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Judy. Marketing is a big part of any artists or writers toolbox. You’re right, networking is key. But its not always easy for everyone. You’ve offered some good tips. I plan to expand on them in future posts. It would be wonderful if I could get your perspective as well. It’s great you have more offers than you can handle. Your marketing plan is definitely working for you!

  3. Leonor says:

    It’s nice to get to know you a little more, Marilyn! I’m sure you’ll be a great moderator and I look forward to seeing more of your work.

    And… congrats for having a supportive husband 🙂

  4. Nada says:

    Marilyn, nice to learn more about you and your life path which lead you to felting and brought you here to this forum. I agree with you, this community is a circle of enthusiasts, and one feels like at home. Enjoy your new role as moderator.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Nada! It’s great to be part of such a nice community of fiber enthusiasts. I hope we see more of your tutorials as well. I’ve put the slippers on my to do list. 🙂

  5. ruthlane says:

    We are so glad to have you Marilyn – I look forward to hearing your perspective on marketing and other fiber pursuits.

  6. Marta Nelson says:

    Marilyn,

    I’m so excited for you. I wish you the best on marketing yourself and your fiber pursuits. I know you will be fabulous.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Marta! I’m enjoying the adventure and have great support here.

  7. We are so glad you have come on board Marilyn, I know you will be a great asset to our group.

  8. zedster66 says:

    It’s good to have you with us, Marilyn 🙂
    I hope you enjoy blogging and sharing your knowledge with us all.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      I’m glad to take a bigger active part of this great collective of artists. You all are a big inspiration for me to expand my knowledge and experience. I will definitely enjoy participating more. Thanks for the opportunity!

  9. Luvswool says:

    Just thrilled to know you will be on board as moderator! Congrats! Your expertise in the fiber and paper arts will be helpful, along with your marketing experience.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Cathy! I’m thrilled, too! I looking forward to having a lot of fun.

  10. Teri Berry says:

    Congratulations Marilyn, you’re a great addition to the team. I can’t wait to hear more of your perspectives on marketing, it’s an area I suspect most of us acknowledge we need to do but few of us have received any training in…

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Teri! I hope to make it as painless as possible to understand. :-). Most people are doing some marketing but are unaware that is indeed marketing.

  11. koffipot says:

    A very interesting article Marilyn and I love your stained glass vase.
    I’m hopeless at marketing, it’s like selling a bit of oneself and I have difficulty charging the proper price, so I sell far too cheaply. This isn’t so bad as all I really want to do is to offset the cost of my hobbies, but I look forward to hearing more about Marketing Strategies.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Judith! I hope to be able help take a little of the frustration out of the process with a little better understanding of marketing as a whole. You’re definitely not alone in your feelings of selling oneself and pricing too low. I look forward to your perspectives when we get started with our marketing series.

  12. craftywoman says:

    I love your work Marilyn, and the structural felting is just fabulous, it speaks to me because I am just starting out on my adventure with structural felt work. I see you are into marketing, I am such a novice at that, and make many aborted attempts to market then get lost in the creative process again. Good luck in your new role. Carole

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thank you Carole! You have found the right place to learn and share. Please check out our forum at http://feltandfiberstudio.proboards.com. We’d love to see some of your work and answer any questions you have about process, resources, marketing, etc. We have a great community. The creative process is the best place to get lost in. 🙂 Good luck!

    • craftywoman says:

      I’m posting and commenting on the felt and fibre site, I just love it, so helpful and supportive and great environment 🙂

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Great! I didn’t see craftywoman listed in the member section. I look forward to seeing you there!

    • craftywoman says:

      Marilyn I’ve just seen the error of my ways, I am Carole on the member section, sorry for the confusion 🙂

  13. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    No problem Carole!

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