Martien van Zuilen
Business name: Martien van Zuilen
Martien van Zuilen is a felt artist and maker living in Perth, Australia. She exhibits her high-quality and distinctive artworks nationally and internationally. Since the late 1980s she delivers felt-making workshops at all levels of experience throughout Australia, as well as in Europe and throughout the USA. Martien is the founder of the Victorian Feltmakers Inc. and for 18 years coordinated the Australian National Yurt Project. In 2013, Martien completed her PhD (Anthropology) with an ethnographic thesis on the significance of women’s textile art practices within the context of Australia’s cultural landscape. Martien is the current editor of Australia’s national magazine FELT, and the Convenor of Fibres West Inc. (www.fibreswest.com.au). Alongside her studio practice and teaching schedule she also undertakes curatorial work and runs her artisan dyeing studio Colourant Dyeworks. Martien’s artwork is published in numerous international publications, including Showcase 500 Art Necklaces (book), Surface Design (USA), Textile Fibre Forum (Australia), Felt Matters (UK), ViltKontakt (Netherlands), Fiber Art Now (USA), Yurts Tipis and Benders (book), FELT (Australia), verFilzt Und zugeNäht (Germany), the 2015 book Pots and Pods for Feltmakers, Adventures in the Third Dimension, and the 2016 book Worldwide Colours of Felt. Her 2018 work Standing Tall (5 hand-felted vessels) was selected for the exhibition ‘Family Matters’ in the US (Surface Design Association). www.martienvanzuilen.com About her arts practice Martien says the following: Throughout the years, my sense of excitement when making felt is undiminished. It is an ‘open’ process; there is nothing between me and the fibres, we connect ‘face-to-face’ and in a ‘hands-on’ fashion in the creation of distinctive objects. What matters is the intentional engagement with making, and the interplay of materials, experience, design, and ideas. Making felt engages my whole being; it suits my fold. Sharing the magic of felt through teaching is something that continues to give me great enjoyment. I feel fortunate to be part of a vibrant community of makers; the social networks and spirit of generosity mean the world to me.