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Featured Artist: Marti McGinnis - Fiber,

I've met a lot of crabby people lately www.ArtFairCalendar.comwhich hasn't done a lot for my mood, so when I went looking for an artist to feature this month no one was quite what I was looking for, then voila! Marti McGinnis's fanciful colored "happy art" danced into view!

A lifetime of exploring, living the expected life and finally choosing the unexpected and expressing it exuberantly in an outpouring of color, Marti's current body of work focuses on the ancient art of fabric felting with a decidedly modern twist. Her self-styled "happy art" reflects her love of texture, coloration, friendly animals, cartoons, writing, designing -- this girl does it all! A Renaissance woman?

Marti is not only a visual artist, having explored wood, canvas, paint, pencil, aluminum she is also a blogger, website designer, social media leader and still she finds time to create one of a kind fanciful creatures and wearable art that pop your eyes out. I'm guessing the richness of her creativity informs it all. Now I'm happy and I think you will be also.

Her current body of work is felting, an ancient art, wherein a non-woven cloth is produced by matting, condensing and pressing woolen fibers. She is pleased to say she has met many of the animals whose fiber she uses to create clothing, pillows and many happy figurative animal shapes.

She does only a few art fairs so don't miss this opportunity to see her work and meet her this month at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, booth #A015. I'll be there, how about you?

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Comment by Annette Piper on July 16, 2012 at 8:39pm

Beautiful work Marti! 

My daughter, age 11 and sitting on my lap (yes she's too big for it!) keeps saying "pretty top" everytime I scroll on the front page where the top is featured!  

Comment by MIchelle Monet on July 14, 2012 at 7:56pm

luv it Marti!! Thanx for all the inspiration and colorful wonderfulnessssss. ((HUGS new MM friend!))

Comment by Marti McGinnis on July 13, 2012 at 5:23pm

Thanks Kate! You >better< stop and see us this time girlfriend! I wish I could come to your creek. Oh yeah!

Comment by Kate Hetzel on July 13, 2012 at 9:40am
Great work Marti, I love it! Good luck @ Ann Arbor. If it gets to hot down there, the woods "up North" are very cool, especially Saloon Creek. I'll see you on my way south this fall. Hi to M.
Comment by Marti McGinnis on July 13, 2012 at 8:37am

I find >SO< much information and support on this forum - and to get to have a highlight like this, this month - is like getting the best most delicious cupcake after the most amazing meal! Thank you Connie and thank you every single person who has taken the time and applied the brain power to all the blog posts, comments and info-shares I've sourced here. You guys REALLY are 'my' tribe! Good to us all as we bring our vision out into the world.

Comment by Suzanne Ens on July 12, 2012 at 11:02pm
Love it, it is indeed happy! Thanks for sharing this

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