Toni Marshall, Fiber Artist & Possibilitarian
I grew up in a small central Florida town that was famous for citrus and fresh water lakes. It was my desire to be a curator at a museum so I majored in Art History at Florida State University and received my MS in Communications at the University of New Mexico. After spending 30 years in Human Services and raising a family and doing what was expected of a southern girl from a small southern town, I retired.
Three years ago I moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and enrolled in a Professional Craft – Fiber Arts Program at Haywood Community College. It was there, I began to purse my passion to study textile design and fiber arts where I have truly found my niche. Having been raised by a “tribe” of women who were, in their own right, masters of design, stitchers, lace makers, seamstresses and artists, I knew I wanted to honor them by acknowledging their influence in my life. My textiles, whether functional or artistic, tell a story and reflect atmospheres, energies, and moods teeming with humanness, frivolity and the patina of life.
The feel of handmade textiles, the textures, and color all inspire my creations as each one forms a bridge across time, people, places and cultures resulting in an expression of my unique artistic vision. Elements of my daily life are, sometimes literally, woven into the stories I create through my textiles. Each piece begins with memory, an object, or a concept that evolves as I progress through my artistic process. As layers are added, some details are obscured, some are accentuated, some are embellished, and new ones simply appear. Like the world around us, my art is a multi-layered study of color, pattern, light and textures. Above all, foremost in my thoughts while creating my art is a sense of spontaneity, imagination and pure joy!
Always armed with a camera and numerous journals, I use these tools in my work. My thoughts, memories, travels and connections steer my creative course.. It is only fitting that I dedicate my work to “the tribe” – My mother Jody, The Birthday Girls, and my grandmothers Frances, Dorothy, and Madeline.
Member: American Craft Council
Surface Design Association
Haywood County Weavers Guild
Spinners/Weavers Guild – Fredericksburg, TX
Contemporary Handweavers of Texas
Awards and Recognitions
Southeastern Alpaca Association – First Place Winner in Commercial Fabric Design 2012
Featured Artist – Agave Gallery Artwalk 2014