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The Wilsonville Public Library hosts textile exhibit embracing nature throughout October

PMG PHOTO: COREY BUCHANAN - Feltmaker Mariola Mazur placed her pieces in the exhibit last week.

Three textile artists inspired by the beauty of nature are showing off their work at the Wilsonville Public Library throughout October. Here's a sneak peak into what they have to offer.

Feltmaker goes green

Wilsonville resident Mariola Mazur's artwork displayed at the exhibit might look like it came from an exotic jungle. But the inspiration for many of her felt creations actually stems from a hike in Joseph. Pieces in the exhibit depict three flowers, a set of broken clouds and moss dangling from a tree.

"We were walking on a hike, and I found a piece of bark and I found a flower growing on top of it, and it took me. I got home and started playing, and I got the series of those flowers," Mazur said.

Mazur was a fashion designer in Poland before emigrating to New York and then moving to Oregon. Here, she has fine-tuned her feltmaking technique despite lacking formal training.

"I believe that when I try to develop on my own, I can learn my own style. It takes longer but it's more individuality," she said.

Mazur is inspired by the natural environment and strives to do her part to protect it.

"I believe that by doing this work, I'm also contributing to the environment because I'm using only natural fibers; (it's) sustainable. There's no chemicals involved. It's all natural," she said.

Bringing the ocean to the loom

While swimming in Hawaii, Wilsonville resident Margaret Zeps witnessed a school of fish that left her awestruck.

She was so inspired she decided to create a set of scarves based on the most eye-catching fish she saw. The scarves not only mimic the colors of the fish but the scales as well.

"They were so bright, and the combination of the colors and the proportions was really appealing to me," Zeps said. "It's fun to interpret both the color and proportion when coming up with weave structure that mimics the scales and the way they look."

Zeps previously created fabric art based on butterflies and enjoys translating the natural environment into art and wearable products.

"I just hope they (exhibit viewers) get some beauty in their life, both looking at it and owning it," she said.

Relishing fall

Rather than being inspired by more material aspects of nature, West Linn resident Margaret Marcusen created pieces that are based on the fall season. Her pieces in the exhibit, including hand towels and scarves, reflect autumn colors.

Marcusen has been weaving for just four years but quickly got the hang of it.

"I didn't know I wanted to be a weaver until my aunt dropped off a loom and I had to take classes, and all the sudden I caught the bug," she said. "I like the structure. You can't break any of the rules; you can't cross threads. It helps organize my mind. I'm a very right-brained person, so it helps put some structure in my art."

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