Marge Ellingson

img_2620img_2622My earliest and best memories are of color and texture – tulips growing in the front yard, collecting shells and feathers every summer, my small tins of watercolors and crayons, and my Grandmothers’ scrappy quilts all over the house.

I learned to sew at an early age, taught by my Grandmother, a professional seamstress from New York City. My early teen years were divided among my sewing machine and painting easel. I studied life sketching and oil painting with some of the best… including Voluntowns’ legendary artist Foster Caddell. I picked up needle and thread and taught myself hand embroidery at the same time. I was thrilled to find that I could transform my visions and ideas into something tangible, and that so many liked the results.

After college, I relocated to New York City to study modern art and painting at The Art Students’ League. As a “starving artist” I worked many odd jobs, including the prestigious Carnegie Hall costume department. It was there that I learned the art of fine detail, discipline, and hard work! And I loved every minute of it!

Throughout my adult years, with all its’ trials and tribulations, I never strayed far from my studio. I create for pure joy, for making something both practical and beautiful, and because I have too… it keeps me focused and sane!

Over the years, I have exhibited in and around Connecticut, especially New London and the shoreline area. Recently I have exhibited in Boston and Provincetown, Massachusetts, My fabric postcards are also sold at The National Quilt Museum in Lagrange, Texas. I sell quilts and other fiber pieces online at Tea Or Java on etsy.com. If you want to see more stop by my facebook page – Tea Or Java – for insights into my creative chaos.99