Apr 28, 2010
One of my very favorite things to do is to visit the studio of an artist, even more so than going to a museum. It's the place where ideas are born and masterpieces are created. Yesterday, I spent a couple of hours in the SE Portland studio of artist Marie Watt. I first mentioned Marie's art a few weeks ago (read post here). Marie has this amazing gift of turning old wool blankets into stunning works of art. She is currently working on 50+ cameos for her Forget-me-not installation. Each piece is a meticulous process of cutting and sewing, as seen in the above photo.
I love browsing the walls of artist studios. Shown here is Marie's tag installation that was recently on display in a museum. Above the water cooler are three works in progress.
One of the reasons I stopped by Marie's studio was to see a shelving unit that used to be in my shop. They were originally designed and built by craftsman Ben Hull. They look great in the new space!
photographs: Tom Nutt
This is Marie's 2008 Forget-me-not: Mothers and Sons installation featuring cameo portraits of men and women who made a significant mark on our community and culture. The display is 20' in diameter and 10' tall. To see the complete collection of cameos, visit Marie's Flickr page here.