Marianne Owen Beattie - Fiber Arts
Marianne has been a fiber artist since her childhood in Maine having knit, crocheted, or embroidered countless creations. She began to weave and spin about 13 years ago and makes wearables, wall hangings, tapestries, rugs, and other homegoods.
A graduate of the University of Washington Fiber Arts Certificate Program, she’s had a number of pieces in art shows such as Surface Design’s shows in Seattle, a COCA exhibit in Carkeek Park in Seattle, a U.W. Alumni show called “Connecting Threads” and, most recently, the N.W. Fine Arts Competition.
Marianne is a longtime member of the Seattle Weavers’ Guild and various other weaving organizations and has sold her weavings in StageCraft at ACT Theatre, the Rainier Club, Seattle Weavers’ Guild sale, and the shop CLIO Ltd in Dublin, Ireland.
"Nature tells me most of the stories I need to know. Nature certainly offers all the colors and shapes I could ever want. Most of my pieces are observations, my interpretation or slant on natural events, everyday but surely miraculous in their way. These weavings and wall hangings/tapestries all dwell in a quieter mode as none overtly references any threat.
In my photo on the website, I am pictured with a piece called “INEVITABILITY” which was in the Northwest Fine Arts Competition last year. My statement said this about the work: “……the word metamorphic describes rocks changed to a new form as a result of processes such as pressure……Metamorphosis is a dramatic change, a transformation from one state to a completely different one………This is the state of the world as I see it- brash, confrontational, uncompromising, rough, rude, explosive, overheated, highly pressured………I’ve aggressively and crudely woven this cultural metamorphosis with handspun and commercial wool yarns.” That was the unquiet me."