Brooke Marks-Swanson


Medium/Materials: Silver, leather, quartz gem mineral

Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 1 inches

Year: 2015

Artist Statement: 

A desire for connection lead me to knitting. My mother is an avid knitter. I wanted to sit, observe, and learn from her. Pattern, rhythm, order, texture, two simple stitches create fabric. I work with fine steel needles, used and passed on in my family for four generations; this use deepens my connection. Born and raised in the middle of the United States, I choose to remain where generations have worked and planted and harvested.  Divisions of land, become visible through the combination of metal, stone and the quiet act of forming a knit and purl stitch in fine leather.

Artist Biography:

Brooke Marks-Swanson received her MFA in Metal from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL and a BFA from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Her work has been featured in 100 juried exhibitions, 14 publications, and resides in the Contemporary Craft Museum, Portland, OR., Muzeum w Walbrzychu, Walbrzych, Poland, and the Sonny and Gloria Kamm collection, Los Angles, CA. She is a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.  

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