Marion Jewels in Fiber

For years I carefully looked at the online pictures of Marion Hunziker-Larsen’s jewelry.

Occasionally I emailed her with questions about cord. She always responded promptly with useful information and resources.
In 2010 I invited her to come to my hometown and do some workshops which she agreed to do. It was a great pleasure to attend her workshops and to develop a friendship. She has been very supportive of my macrame journey and very generous with her knowledge. One of my favorite memories is sitting at my dining room table after a walk through the woods learning free form macrame techniques at her side. I am forever grateful for that.

Please meet Marion Hunziker-Larsen of Marion Jewels in Fiber:
Jewels in fiber, a collection of neckpieces, amulets, brooches and earrings is best described as a blend of fiber techniques and jewelry technology. Although trained as a silversmith, Marion’s love of fiber led her to the making of jewelry with thread and gemstones.

Marion combines micro macrame, cavandoli knotting, half hitching, kumihimo, braiding and cordmaking of silk and nylon threads, using as many as 500 knots per square inch. In some of her pieces copper wire armatures serve as structural support for the thread, permitting semiprecious gemstones, fossils or crystals to be set in the pieces. Her handmade fabricated sterling silver clasps add to many of her one of a kind pieces.

Many pieces in her collection are designed using semiprecious gemstones shaped as donuts, rectangles or squares and beads with the knotting of fine silk thread and durable nylon thread , cordmaking and kumihimo braiding. While some of her pieces are one of a kind, labor of love involving many hours of design and execution. Others may have just five to ten knots, a zen statement, distilled to its essence like a haiku, yet still containing her signature.

Marion is personally involved in the various aspects of her work. She designs and execute all her pieces including some of the dying of the silk threads.

She selects and purchases personally all the elements included in her work such as beads and semiprecious gemstones donuts or shapes. Some of the gemstone shapes used in her work are designed by her and cut to her specifications. Her studio is in the San Francisco Bay Area. There she has two separate work areas, one for fiberwork, the other one for metalsmithing. Each piece is handmade by Marion with individual care and attention!

Marion’s 2012 Show Calendar
February 24-26 – Stitches West 2012, Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Booth 1131. Showing jewelry, supplies, kits and new items. Friday & Sat 10 – 6. Sunday 10 – 4.

March 10-11 – Contemporary Craft Market, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA. www.contemporarycraftsmarket.com tentative schedule

April 21 – Bead Society of Northern California Bead Bazaar, Oakland Marriott Convention Center, Oakland, CA.
www.beadsocietyofnorcal.org/bazaar.html
April 28-29 – Walnut Creek Fine Arts Festival, Downtown Walnut Creek, CA. tentative schedule
Booth Corner of Cypress & Locust.
www.pacificfinearts.com

May 18-19-20 – CNCH – Fiber Artisans Conference – Marketplace. Oakland Marriott Convention Center, Oakland, CA.
www.cnch.org/conferences/2012-oakland/the-market-place/

June 22-23-24 - Montclair Village Art Festival, Montclair District, Oakland CA. tentative schedule

July 14-15- Los Altos Art & Wine Fair, Los Altos, CA. tentative schedule
July 18-22 – Convergence 2012 Long Beach, Handweavers Guild of America, Long Beach Convention Center, CA. tentative schedule

September 8-9 – Capitola Art & Wine Festival, Capitola by the Sea, CA. Booth 43 on the Esplanade. tentative schedule

October 11-12-13-14 – Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara Convention Center, Great America Parkway. Santa Clara, CA. Showing finished jewelry and DIY supplies
www.quiltfest.com
October 20-21 – Menlo Park Fine Art & Craft Festival, Menlo Park CA. tentative schedule

November 2 – Crown Knotting & Fiber Endings Workshop – BABE 2010 – Bay Area Bead Extravaganza. Oakland Convention Center, CA.
www.beadextravaganza.com
November 3-4 – BABE 2010 – Bay Area Bead Extravaganza. Oakland Convention Center, CA. Showing finished jewelry and DIY supplies.
www.beadextravaganza.com

November 9-10-11 – Celebration Craftswomen. Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA. tentative schedule www.celebrationofcraftswomen.org

For More Information, go to Marion’s website:

http://www.jewelsinfiber.com/

Connectivity

The greatest joy of Macrame Collective has been the opportunity to connect with other artists. I was recently contacted by Jeanne Wertman who shared pictures of her impressive necklaces. Once again, I’m proud to introduce you to the work of another macrame artist.
Meet Jeanne Wertman:

Biography
Ever since I was very young, my hands have been busy with one craft or another. In the late 60’s it was the macrame pot hangers, and wall decorations…then I left the world of macrame and filled my time with learning other crafts, including tatting, which by the way is nothing more than macrame with a very tiny thin thread rather than cord, and done with a shuttle. The knots are the same. I spent many years learning, and then teaching machine knitting, until I finally came back to one of my first loves of beading, and macrame.

With the “new” idea of micro macrame, I could combine the two. Something I see usually gets me started on a new piece of jewelry…some focal, whether it be ceramic, a cabochon, or lately something made of polymer clay which I am now designing and making. I never really put anything down on paper, but I have a general idea of what I want, and it just kind of happens…although this way of doing it involves undoing many of a knot, and that takes more time than tying them.

I will be 84 years old this year, and I firmly believe my interest in hand work has pulled me through two bouts of cancer, giving me something to think about rather than what I was going through.

Happy knotting to everyone, Jeanne Wertman


To see more of her work, visit Picturetrail.com/grannyx

Another Amazing Artist

I’m thrilled to show you the work of yet another talented macrame artist.
Meet Carol Lang

Carol’s love of art began at an early age when she won first place in a 5th
grade art contest. Although she minored in art in high school, she went on
to receive a BS and Master’s degree in health, physical education and
aquatics.

Her interest in basketry and related fiber arts began when her husband
opened an antique shop in the 1970’s, in Michigan where she was born and
raised. The beauty, creativity, craftsmanship, and precision of Shaker,
Nantucket and Native American basketry, weaving and pottery sparked her
interest and started her collection. A class offered at a local fiber arts
shop and taught by nationally known teacher and author, Grace Kabel, proved
to be an ideal introduction to basketry. She says, “I wanted to see just
what was involved. I discovered it took a lot of time, patience and
ingenuity, but I was hooked!”

Since retiring to California, Carol has been able to devote herself not only
to basketry, but also fiber art, gourd art and ceramics, but also teaching
and giving demonstrations. Currently, her favorite mediums are knotting and
coiling

She is the Director of the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe Gallery in Vista and was
charter president of the Misti Washington Gourd & Basket Guild. Presently,
Carol is the chair of the pre-event registration committee for their Gourd &
Basket Weekend, which is sponsored by San Diego Botanic Garden and presented
by the guild, every other year.

Carol’s work has won awards at the Association of Michigan Basketmakers
annual juried shows, including their Viewers’ Choice award for professional
in 2011 and Viewers’ Choice award for general membership in 2009, California
Gourd Society annual show and the Del Mar Fair. One of her knotted pieces
was accepted for HGA’s Small Expressions for 2011. Her work has appeared at
the Mingei Museum in San Diego and also appears in private collections
through out the United States and Australia.
We can contact Carol at: Caldesigns@roadrunner.com

Excerpts from Merlina’s Interview!

I love this quote!
After all the research, that’s the moment when I feel ready and eager to get down to work and come in contact with the thread to bring life to this idea. Sometimes I find it hard to gain momentum for the first knots, but the moment I start I feel like I am part of the thread, I move with it, it’s a perfect mecanism and it’s mathematical, I dive into the sea of strings to shape them, to enjoy that wonderful feeling of tightening knot after knot. It’s very relaxing, almost meditative process. It thrills me to see how it grows and how little by little the picture I thought of starts appearing. To have it there to see and touch, gives me the final push to keep tying to finish the piece.

Welcome Leah Danberg

Connections with macrame artists was one of the primary reasons for creating this website. Imagine my joy to have new artists contacting me regularly and blowing my mind with their work.
Leah Danberg is one of those artists.

Meet Leah Danberg:
I have been a fiber artist and basket maker since 1984. I was drawn to knotting as a favorite technique for the flexibility it gives me to create sculptural forms, though in a very labor intensive way. Like so many of today’s knotters, I learned my knotting basics from Jane Sauer, but my use of color, humor, and text are all my own. The knot I use is just a half hitch, although it takes an incredible number of them of them to complete a single piece. I work with waxed linen and embroidery floss over a Styrofoam form that I carve; usually the form stays in the finished piece. I tend to work intuitively, so about the only thing I draw out is the shape of the form, deciding on the colors, patterns, and even the placement of text as I work.

Since I really enjoy problem solving and engineering challenges, I try to do something new in each piece. My whimsical menagerie has grown quite large as my work continually evolves. The pieces have gotten larger and the animals more complex and more toy-like. As my latest challenge, I have included children interacting with the animals.


Basketry provides me with a great creative outlet, and at the same time has introduced me to a whole community of wonderful, warm, artistic people I would never have known otherwise. I’m part of an informal group of knotters, sometimes referred to as “the L.A. knotters.” We get together every three weeks to work on our individual projects and to talk; we talk about our artwork, our lives, and the world. For the last number of years we make collaborative pieces that we donate to for a local charity’s fundraiser. We’ve been doing this for over 15 years.

What’s Next?

The past few days have been pretty exciting for me! We will be adding new artists to the website in the next couple weeks.

Leah Danberg has submitted some photos and they are absolutely delightful. Here’s sneak peek:

Also we are looking forward to Raquel’s interview with Merlina Textil, macrame artist from Argentina. And here’s a sneak peek at some of her work and life as a South American Macrame Artist:

Finally I’m so excited and proud to announce that Joh Ricci will be submitting images and information to our website! Welcome.
Stay Tuned.
There’s more to come!!