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Meet Your Representative Regina Marzlin

After immigrating to Canada from Germany in 2003 I discovered the fascination of quilting, first as a traditional craft, increasingly as a means for artistic expression. I taught myself how to use a sewing machine and learned techniques mostly from books. I wanted to learn more about design and fabric manipulation so I took a London City and Guilds level 2 course in Patchwork and Design with Design Matters (Linda and Laura Kemshall) in England. This enabled me to move toward free-form and abstrac art in fabric to express my own ideas.
The fiber pieces I create are mostly abstract and colorful textile collages. I enjoy working with hand-dyed fabrics which are further altered by using a variety of surface techniques. The various textures, the interplay of colours, the build-up of layers and the addition of stitch are important design components in my work.
My inspiration comes from a multitude of sources like nature, architecture, history, music, geometry, language, literature and so on. Having lived on three different continents (Europa, Australia, now North America) certainly has shaped my perception and sense of place and belonging. I like to develop ideas through the process of making samples and testing different techniques to achieve the desired effects.
For the past ten years I have worked on developing, showing and marketing my artwork, as well as promoting textile arts, in a variety of ways.
I live in a small town in Nova Scotia with my husband, two children, a dog and 5 budgie birds. Find more information at
Stepping Stones
Stepping Stones
© 2012 Regina Marzlin
12" x 12"