Textile, Art & Me

I hand stitch dolls from upcycled textiles.

Exquisite, perfect, pretty–all these my dolls are not.

Like me, my dolls are real with failures, struggles and scars.

It’s not just for the environment that I repurpose materials.

The act of reclaiming honours stories yet to be told.

It’s a dialogue between the material and me; their past, and mine.

After much listening, expressions are drawn with thread.

Then, the doll comes alive, with a past written on its skin, now ready to rewrite its narrative. 

Hi, I’m Marn. I’m a textile doll artist.

a textile doll waiting to be assembled
A textile doll waiting to be assembled.

This sketch first appeared on @noisybeak on instagram.