Hello and welcome to my page, I am a Visual Artist, Fibre Artist, Mixed/Multi Media
Marianne Phillips was born in the Netherlands, and immigrated to Canada when she was 6 years old. She graduated from The University of British Columbia completing a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Fine Arts.
Marianne worked as an expressive arts facilitator in a health care setting for 35 years. It was a career that delighted her because it allowed her to do the two things she loved, working with people and using creativity and imagination as agents to improve the quality of life and wellbeing for people in care.
Her professional development has included numerous additional arts courses and workshops including a study of Renaissance Art and Architecture in Florence Italy, Weaving in Delft Holland, Pottery, encaustic painting, Jewelry, Paper Making and Fresco Painting.
Marianne is retired and lives in New Westminster B.C with her best friend and husband Andrew in a small house with a garden.
New Westminster, BC, Canada
Samples of my work
I've been creative as long as I can remember. I love to explore urban, as well as natural landscapes in search of rusty metal, thrift items, windfall to carry home or other discarded treasures. It feels like an act of kindness to reinvent existing materials and to transform them into works of art or craft.
I'm curious, and love to experiment with various techniques just to see what will happen. Lately I've been re-exploring one of my first interests of working with fibre, natural dyeing, eco printing and stitching.
With the ever increasing climate changes and the health of the earth in critical crisis I’ve also become interested in making a few public art statements to leave positive messages for change and the stewardship of our fragile planet.
I am a bit of a dreamer and often ideas come in the forms of dreams or visions. There is a wonderful almost magical alchemy that happens in the creative process. It seems I'm never able to work on just one project at a time because ideas bubble up for other projects that I'm compelled to explore. One thing mysteriously leads me down the path to another.