I am constantly impressed with Marchi Wierson's ability turn a handful of wool into unique and unexpected pieces of wearable art. I think I first noticed her work on flickr and was amazed by her big, bold necklaces. I had just begun working with wool and seeing her designs opened my eyes to the potential of fiber. When I got to know Marchi a bit more and understand her choice of medium, I was even more impressed.
Tell me about you:
Hi. I'm marchi wierson. I live in Portland, Oregon where it seems everyone is an artist, crafts person, or a DIY fan. There is an inventive spirit here in Portland that I like.
What do you make?
Is there a particular theme in your work?
I think my work is natural modern, with fresh ideas and a bit of surprise. People often ask me about my jewelry when I wear it. They think it's made from stone, or bone, or they just don't know. I had a blue felted necklace that a friend thought was lapis lazuli. It's fun. People I don't know stop me to ask me about some piece I am wearing even as I am walking down the street.
Where do you find inspiration?
I see inspiration everywhere. I find my challenge is to stay focused on my work and where it is going, to do the next thing in a string of things that need to be done rather than be lead by inspiration. Most things I do are a slow process, and the next step reveals itself because of the steps before it. I try to stay in my own voice. Maybe I follow my muse more than inspiration.
What do you love about what you do?
I love that I want to do it every day, I get out of bed and I want to make things. I love the result, I get to wear it or share it. I love that it can make people feel happy.
Tell me about a favorite piece that you've made:
I think I can favor ideas more than pieces. But hmmm, I really can't choose.
What do you do when you're not creating?
I enjoy being outside in fresh air, walking. I like to play with my camera. I like a good dinner party, with a few friends, delicious food, and conversation. Oh and I could spend hours at Powell's bookstore looking at books.
A favorite quote, a good recipe, a funny story?
I have a fun recommendation. I recently bought a cheese kit as a gift for a friend from Urbancheesecraft. It was brilliant. My friend made delicious cheese and I helped eat it. He thought it was fun and talked about it with his friends. If you like cheese, and like DIY, try making cheese. By the way, I have no relationship with Urbancheesecraft, I am just a big fan. And you can buy the elements to make cheese without buying from them, but they make it so easy to get started.
How can people find you?
I can be found at my blog - http://marchiwierson.blogspot.com/
and my Etsy shop: http://marchimadeit.etsy.com/
I welcome questions and comments from visitors, so come by and say hi!
Is there anything else you would like people to know about you that I haven't asked?
I just want to say thank you Lisa for including me on your blog. I am a big fan of your work and of your blog. You have a kindness that comes through your writing and crafts which makes people feel good. So, thank you Lisa.
My pleasure, Marchi.