January Speaker Of The Month – Tina Marks
January 6 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
My body of artwork includes in its DNA the varied professions I’ve undertaken through the
years. They include fashion designer, product developer, antique dealer, small business owner,
and fashion professor. At that time, two main themes stand out, interest in the past, and a passion
for textiles. Their commonality is clothing for the human body. Fashion remains important to
me, but I realize that it is cloth and the process of making with my hands that matters most.
My background in fashion relied on the use of sewing machines as tools to create garments made
of newly purchased materials. My artmaking, therefore, has evolved away from the body and
functionality to become three-dimensional forms in cloth embodying moments in time and space.
I am compelled by the brief periods of time that have stopped me mid-stride, compelling me to
examine the details more closely. As a fine artist, I accomplish this by using a needle and thread
on reclaimed cotton and linen textiles to draw serendipitous experiences of form and texture that
are grounded in nature.