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artist in focus: marjolein burbank

Christopher King at Katherine Richards Art Gallery

Marjolein is an established Dutch textile artist whose quirky and thought-provoking work involves assemblage and collage using a variety of materials including fabric, sepia photographs and stitched words

How do you describe your work?

I still feel I am a textile artist. During the pandemic, I started making work that could be sent to collectors by post, often with messages about topical issues such as feminism, emancipation or gender equality. So I make stitched collages or ‘commentary stitching’

What would you say are your greatest influences?

What I see around me and read in my daily life

Who do you have in mind when you create your work?

Myself really; I make art because I want to. I am really glad that my collages are selling well but more important is that it makes me happy stitching them. The people who tend to buy my work are definitely art lovers but they are not buying art for investment, just because they love it!

What makes your art different, special and irresistible?

I think it’s the combination of old and new, some humour and a lot of handiwork with a needle. The people who buy my work appreciate that and are themselves a little bit different from mainstream

What do people say when they see your collection of work?

The feedback I get is that people love my way of expressing. I get good reactions to my work from feminists, LGBTQ and people who feel they are different because they like my soft art with a message. They see the humour in it and are curious to see what I’m making next

What do you think motivates people to buy your art? How does it appeal to the heart?

That really is a question for the collectors; it’s probably quite personal. I’m lucky to have quite a few returning buyers


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