I met Marilyn via my blog. One day she signed up as a follower and after that she would leave the occasional comment or two. In November 2012 I announced my first Art Quilt Campus for 2013 she was the first to sign up and send me her registration and full payment. All I could think was: “Such trust in a person she doesn’t even know personally…” It didn’t stop there – she came all the way to Saskatchewan… by Greyhound Bus.
After Marilyn’s unwavering support during two Art Quilt Campus Events (2013 & 2014) I consider her a friend. She is one the most positive and encouraging persons I know. She always has a generous smile to share and she is the best listener!
Imagine my delight when Marilyn sent me the poster of her exhibition a couple of days ago. I so wish I could be there celebrating her accomplishments. If you read this are able to go to the opening please tell Marilyn I sent you – and best of all, please give her a hug for me.
Here is a little more about Marilyn, artist and dear friend:
Marilyn Clulow is an artist working in textiles. The act of transforming scraps and skeins into objects of beauty and meaning has engaged Clulow for decades, culminating in the richly layered, stitched and painted works on display in this exhibition. Clulow is interested in the meditative aspect of art - for the artist and the viewer — and much of her work reflects her ability to let immersion in a new technique take her to unforeseen places. Sometimes serious, often playful, Clulow’s work ranges from self-portraiture to social commentary via a fierce sense of color and a commitment to pure inventiveness.
Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Marilyn Clulow studied nursing in England and has made her home in Sudbury since 1968. As a stay-at-home mother, she expressed her creativity through weaving (landscape-inspired wall-hangings), knitting, and dressmaking (for two wildly appreciative daughters), while pursuing a degree in Psychology at Laurentian University. She subsequently worked for many years in healthcare management.
Clulow was introduced to quilting in the late 1990s and over the next decade mastered the art of traditional bed quilts and hangings. Feeling constrained by the limits of working to set patterns, she was drawn to the freedom of mixed media, which has become a consuming passion. Clulow is primarily self taught — untrained and unrestrained! — and works and travels constantly to learn new skills.
Clulow’s work has won awards in Montreal and Sudbury and hangs in private collections in Canada and the United States.