Ellen Jyl Marsh

40 Eighth Street, Hudson

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Artist Statement

I have been a studio artist for over thirty five years practicing in the medium of fiber. I was part of the “art to wear movement” that began in the 1970’s and continued on through the early 2000’s ; a movement, I might add, that was primarily dominated by women who’s talents were often overlooked in the wider male dominated art world of that time.

I was the owner of “Studio E” a wearable arts company formed in collaboration with my sister Robin McKay. Our work was featured at Bergdorf Goodman in New York, as well as Obiko, in San Francisco, the premier art to wear gallery and retailer on the West coast, and Julies Artisan’s Gallery in New York City, the premier gallery and art to wear retailer on the East coast. Our work appeared in various exhibitions at The Oakland Museum as well as The Folk Art Gallery and Museum in Sausalito, California, and the Santiago Musuem in Chile. Some publications include articles in Fiberarts Magazine, ”The Fiberarts Book of Wearable Art” and “Design, A Lively Guide to Design Basics for Artists and Craftspeople”.

I have recently moved to the East coast after living in the Bay Area and Northern and Central California since 1982. I attended the MFA program at California College Of The Arts in Oakland California and was an artist in residence at the Mendocino Arts Center in Mendocino, California. I have taught multiple workshops and classes at both the Mendocino Art Center and Mendocino College in Ukiah, California.

But enough of that. I am her now in Hudson and transitioning from cloth to making works on paper..a different medium entirely…Ok.. maybe not entirely..a kissing cousin would be more accurate (paper and cloth are both fiber after all) But I do feel the same excitement now as when I first started my experiments with silk and dyes in the 1980’s.

Ellen Jyl Marsh

40 Eighth St.

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Artist Statement

I have been a studio artist for over thirty five years practicing in the medium of fiber. I was part of the “art to wear movement” that began in the 1970’s and continued on through the early 2000’s ; a movement, I might add, that was primarily dominated by women who’s talents were often overlooked in the wider male dominated art world of that time.

I was the owner of “Studio E” a wearable arts company formed in collaboration with my sister Robin McKay. Our work was featured at Bergdorf Goodman in New York, as well as Obiko, in San Francisco, the premier art to wear gallery and retailer on the West coast, and Julies Artisan’s Gallery in New York City, the premier gallery and art to wear retailer on the East coast. Our work appeared in various exhibitions at The Oakland Museum as well as The Folk Art Gallery and Museum in Sausalito, California, and the Santiago Musuem in Chile. Some publications include articles in Fiberarts Magazine, ”The Fiberarts Book of Wearable Art” and “Design, A Lively Guide to Design Basics for Artists and Craftspeople”.

I have recently moved to the East coast after living in the Bay Area and Northern and Central California since 1982. I attended the MFA program at California College Of The Arts in Oakland California and was an artist in residence at the Mendocino Arts Center in Mendocino, California. I have taught multiple workshops and classes at both the Mendocino Art Center and Mendocino College in Ukiah, California.

But enough of that. I am her now in Hudson and transitioning from cloth to making works on paper..a different medium entirely…Ok.. maybe not entirely..a kissing cousin would be more accurate (paper and cloth are both fiber after all) But I do feel the same excitement now as when I first started my experiments with silk and dyes in the 1980’s.