Marti Liddle-Lameti
Textile Artist
Wearable and Decorative Art

On display in the Young Lounge through December.

About the Artist
The artist works under the label “Martel Designs” and her work can be found in galleries throughout mid- Michigan, on her website www.martel-designs.com or on Facebook at Martel Designs. She creates not only tapestries, quilts and “fiber paintings”, but wearable art clothing and accessories, as well. Many of her hats have been inspired by the fashion of the early 19th century. Her studio is in a Victorian house she shares with her husband Richard, and their three dogs.

“Many of my pieces were influenced by places I visited and experiences I had while touring Japan during an artist exchange program in 2014. From Higanbana flowers growing alongside rice fields and a dinner of fish bone crackers, to a golden pavilion, Japanese fishing nets, and kanji script; I found that I was inspired most by the simple things I found in this beautiful country.”

“Working with color, focusing on pattern, texture and line, I enjoy creating art that brings focus to objects and views that others may miss.” In Japan this is called ” Wabi-sabi” which centers on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. This aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”   Shiga, Japan and Michigan are “sister states”. Using silk from a shopping excursion in Kyoto and wool from sheep in Michigan, I felted these materials together as a metaphor for the binding of our countries and cultures.

Technique
The materials for all of the designs have been created using a variety of techniques which include: knitting, crochet needle-felting, traditional wet-felting, machine (as well as) hand embroidering, hand sewing, quilting, weaving and beading.