Martine House
Martine  House
Martine House

Artist statement

Creating art helps me overcome anxiety and questions about my human condition. I can loose myself in the creative process, bringing validation to my being on this earth, and I hope, adding beauty to the world.
In the course of my many years as an artist, I have worked within different formats, mostly with fabrics, threads and beads. Lately, beads have been my focus and bead embroidery the way I express myself.
A new piece may start from a bead or a finding that catches my imagination, a drawing or a few lines in a book or magazine, or simply a combination of colors that fits into my mood of the moment.
My main goal for each necklace is that the woman who wears it will feel positive energy and empowerment.

- Born and educated in France (Masters Degree in Languages Applied to Economics).
- Independent studies in Art and Textiles.
- Moved to the United States in 1983. Has resided and maintains her studio in Western North Carolina since 1992.
- Member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild since 2004.
- Has worked as a fiber artist and teacher using quilting/embroidery/beading as a medium since 1985.
- Has exhibited her work in many juried and invitational venues as well as several solo exhibits since the mid1980’s both in the US and in France.
- Her work is in a number of private and public collections and is featured in many publications. She is also the author of 3 ‘how-to” volumes published by Editions de Saxe in France.
- After a hiatus of a few years, she is now working dominantly with beads and bead embroidery, creating original necklaces.