Beth Marx – Felt Artist
Handweavers Guild of Boulder
May 2023 Day & Evening Program
Beth Marx has been a felt maker for over 15 years and is still fascinated with the process. Beth can’t remember when art was not part of her life. From the little girl who played art school in the basement of her Ohio childhood home to majoring in art at The Ohio State University, Beth has had her hand in many art mediums but has always had a real affinity for textiles. With an eclectic sense of style and keen eye, she fulfills her passion by creating wet felted garments and accessories in the studio behind her 1920’s bungalow that she has affectionately named Studio 907, the same number as her street address in Long Beach, California.
Beth is internationally known for designing and creating her own style of fashionable and sophisticated felted garments & accessories. She teaches extensively and has created a method to demystify the necessary shrinkage calculations. Her garments are sold in high-end boutiques and galleries in upscale locales, have walked runways, been published in books and magazines, and worn by a major theme park character.
Beth creates organically in an intuitive process letting the piece evolve in a collage style by infusing wool roving with the likes of hand dyed & hand-painted silks. There is no sewing involved and her seamless garments are strictly held together by the affinity of the wool fibers as they migrate through the fabric and entangle creating incredible textures. Her style exudes a worn patina and an earthiness rich with layers, textures, shapes and colors. For Beth, felting is a creative, challenging, tactile process rich with fascination and excitement in the resulting alchemy. Her pieces are one of a kind, made one at a time.
- Day Presentation: My Felting Journey – Creativity, Community, Connections
Beth will talk about her felting, how she became a felter, what she enjoy making and why, how to style her garments, where she gets her inspiration accompanied by a slide show and a trunk show of her garments and accessories
- Evening Presentation: Having a Bowl with Beth
For 18 pre-registered HGB members, and many observers, Beth will teach us how to make a shallow bowl without using a resist. Participants will need to bring their own wool roving. Beth will also have her trunk show available and will present and ask questions.
Details at https://handweaversofboulder.org/programs2022-2023.html
- May 8, 2023 – Guild Day Meeting 10:00 am
My Felting Journey – Creativity, Community, Connections
- May 9, 2023 – Guild Evening Meeting 7:00 pm
Having a Bowl with Beth
Handweavers Guild of Boulder meetings are open to the public and held at Mountain View Methodist Church
Meeting details – https://handweaversofboulder.org/meetings.html
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