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presented by Martine House
**New work below!
The main purpose of my work is not only to express ideas important to me or to make a statement about specific issues. It is also to help me deal with my anxieties about life, about what I am, my purpose on this earth. The act of creating releases me from my fears, at least temporarily. This explains why the process itself is so important to me.
Usually, the viewer’s attention will not be caught from across the room by bold colors or shapes. I want people to come very close to enter my world, discover its intricacies and symbols. They might even have to open or unroll part of the work to get to the hidden message. Most of my pieces are very detailed and controlled. This control however does not reflect the way I work. Even if I start with a very definite idea of what I want to achieve, I let the materials lead the way and let things happen by themselves, so the finished piece seldom looks exactly like what I had envisioned at the beginning.
I work with fabrics because they are a very sensual medium that can be touched as well as seen and the different textures provide a variety of feelings. I piece, embroider, appliqué and quilt these fabrics to add dimension and life to them. I love to include other materials such as loose fibers, branches, beads, metals, and feathers for they bring their own feelings and sensuality. I am intrigued by the concept of turning fabrics into three-dimensional objects and so most of my pieces can hardly be called quilts. Since I am a self-taught artist, the design and composition of my work as well as color choices do not stem from a particular school or theory but are mostly based on instinct. I do believe that my multi-cultural experiences have some influence on what I do.
But the bottom line is that my work is me.
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Well, with illness in my family and back and forth trips to France, I have not had the inclination or the time to create much this year. However, I did make one significant piece.
The pieces below are my newest work. I have come to realize that working in small or very small format allows me to express myself best and to use the detailed and intricate techniques that I love. Please contact me to find out availability and prices of these pieces as well as of the rest of the work in the "gallery" page.
Up to 2003 gallery
In February 2000, Martine took a doll making class with artist Dee Dee
Triplett. During the class Martine made the patterns and the dolls which you can see by clicking on the thumbnails below. Her idea is to incorporate three dimensional
characters to her quilts, as you can see in "Water Spirit", above.
· Born and educated in France.
Has lived in the United States since 1983.
· Divides her time between studio work and teaching.
· Teaches and lectures for groups interested in textiles and for organizations
such as North Carolina Quilt Symposium, North Carolina Quilters, J.C.Campbell
Folk Art School in Brasstown, NC, and recently at NQA and AQS events.She also teaches on the inernet at www.quiltuniversity.com and periodically teaches series of workshops in France.
In ealier years she exhibited her work in many juried and non-juried quilt shows across the country, including the American Quilter's Society show in Paducah,KY and the Mid- AtlanticQuilt Festival in Williamsburg, VA. and won many awards.
Because the format and the style of her work has changed, she does not enter quilt shows anymore but seeks out venues such as fiber art shows or multi-media art shows.Solo
- "Images of my Soul", Moring Arts Center, Asheboro, NC, July 2004
- Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, Columbus, NC, May 2004
- Essence Day Spa Gallery, Lynn, NC, April 2003
- Tryon Estates, Columbus, NC, January 2003
- Primitive Eye Gallery,Scottdale (Atlanta), GA,1999
- Galerie Saint-Etienne,Vaux-sur-Mer, France, 1992
- Fifth Biennial Invitational Quilt Exhibition: The Art of the Quilt,Piedmont Arts Association, Martinsville, VA, November 10 - December 30, 2006
- New Work by Focus, Spartanburg Museum of Art, Spartanburg, SC, July 11 - August 21, 2005
- Art Quilts of the Southeast, Side Street Gallery, Pittsboro, NC, April 5 - May 7, 2005
- Southern Highland Craft Guild 75th Anniversary Exhibit, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN, March 4 – April 16, 2005
- Exhibit of work by Focus, Fran Hansen Discovery House, South Carolina Botanical Gardens, Clemson, SC, January 7 – March 31, 2005
- "Connected Threads", fiber art exhibit at the Cultural Center, Glen Allen, VA, Sept. 12- October 17, 2004
- 32nd Annual Competition for North Carolina Artists, Fayetteville Museum of Art, Fayetteville, NC, March 14-May 9, 2004
- Guest artist at the exhibit "Terre et Couleur", Mer, France, July 2002
- "Focus: An Exhibition of Fiber Artists", Pickens County Art Museum, Pickens, SC, June 8-July 27, 2002
- "Guest artist at the Foothills Quilt GUild show, April 2002
- "Fabric Art by Focus: 10 Upstate Fabric Artists", the Spartanburg County Museum of Art, Spartanburg, SC, March 4-April 21, 2002
- "Focus: Art Quilts:, Brooks Center for the Perfomring Arts, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, September 4-14, 2001 and January 15-30, 2002
- ""Focus: Fabric Art", Erskine College, Due West, SC, March 4 - April 12, 2001
- "Our future is our past", Aiken County Historical Museum. April 2000
- Fiber Art Show, Cleveland County Museum, October 1999
- One of 3 artists at"Three for the Show" exhibit at the Fine Art Center gallery, Tryon, NC 1998.
- Invited to exhibitat "Women in the Arts" events at Blue Ridge Community College, Hendersonville,NC, 1996.
- One of 12 fiber artistsrepresenting North Carolina at the "Celebrate Art Quilts" exhibit in Lancaster,OH 1994
- One of 7 artists at"Contemporary Expressions - Quilts" exhibit at the Upstairs Gallery, Tryon, NC, 1993
- Martine's work is featured in the following books: "Easy does it quilts" by Georgia Bonesteel, "Treasures Underfoot" by Shirley McGregor, "Basic Appliqué" by Cindy Walter and gail Baker Rowe, "Focus on Batiks" by Jan Bode Smiley. Her work will be featured in the book "The Art of Fabric Books" by Jan Bode Smiley released in January 2005.
- She authored the books "Le trapunto embelli" (1999), "Les bases de l'appliqué" (2000) and "Les bases du bargello"(2001), all published in France.
- Patterns on paper piecing,beginning and advanced.
- Work included in the Fiberarts Design Book VI published in August 1999.
- Web page: "Quilting Magazine on Line", at the following address: www.housefiber.com
- Articles in"Les Nouvelles du Patchwork", National French Patchwork Guild publication (June 98, September 99,), "Magic Patch" (loaned work for Les Bases du Crazy, articles in issue no. 23, no. 37, no. 43), "Appliqué Quilts" no. 23
- Work included in the Quilt Art Engagement Calendar, 1995.