All posts by nmartensen

Icterine Warbler

45" x 52" textile collage panel.  Photo transfer, ink jet printing on organza, vintage and cotton fabrics, free motion stitching on silk and linen. "Icterine Warbler" is at play with transparent and opaque elements.  Vintage tablecloths, handkerchiefs, and antique block prints hint at a domestic sphere surrounded by nature.  The title comes from the central…

Gullwing

26" x 57" textile collage.  Photo transfer, solvent transfer, silk/metal organza, vintage kimono fabric, man hole cover rubbing with Caran d'Ache, free motion stitching, mineral paint and ink on silk. "Gullwing" is a silk panel collage with stitched and photographic elements.  Part of a larger body of work exploring my fascination with kelp, "Gullwing" is…

Émigré

31" x 46" silk collage panel.  Photo transfer, acrylic, china marker, ebony pencil, kimono and cotton fabrics, free motion stitching on silk. "Émigré" is an homage to the Italian immigrants in Mendocino County, California.  Often a piece will weave a narrative from a single image when I begin working — this one spun off the…

Eat-Drink-B-Merry

10" x 10" shadowbox collage.  Paper, wood, Lazertran, acrylic, beeswax. "Eat-Drink-B-Merry" is a piece from a series entitled "Urban Birds" that I displayed in my wine tasting room, Tierra – Art, Garden, Wine.  The tasting room is located in the downtown of a small Northern California town and we've created a garden courtyard that is…

Buildanark

29" x 51" collage on silk.  Photo transfer, acrylic, china marker, ebony pencil, oil stick, kimono and cotton fabrics. "Buildanark" is inspired by looking out the plane window on a trans-Atlantic flight over Greenland.  Far below, the otherworldly colors of glaciers and tundra brought the climate crisis to the forefront of my consciousness.  Embedded in…

Duende

31" x 58" collage on linen.  Photo transfer, solvent transfer, Lazertran, whiting resist, acrylic, spray paint, oil stick, ebony pencil.  "Duende" is inspired by a recent trip to Andalucia, Spain.  On a particular afternoon in Sevilla the streets were blindingly white from the intense heat, and I walked, dreamlike, photographing ironwork details and tile, while…