Our favourite things tell stories of wear and tear and joy. What I love to do is source and sew second hand textiles that have been passed on or passed over into new, joyous, favourite things for others.
I create for comfort and usefulness, and am fascinated by the intersection of domesticity and craft; of how art fits into our everyday lives.
Why fabric? Working with textiles connects me to my mother, who has been an avid seamstress throughout her life, and to my grandmother, whose quilting bees with the ladies from church in the basement of her mod 60’s house I fondly remember. Fabric connects us all from the blankets we snuggle with to the layers with which we clothe ourselves.
I care about beauty in the everyday, cultivating thoughtfulness and understanding for our world and environment, and doing work that is aligned with my values as best I can.
I hope you enjoy my work and that it connects you with rich memories of your own.
Marnie Saskin is a Hamilton based textile artist and long-time community collaborator within the worlds of making, food security, and poverty reduction. Born in Niagara, she was awarded a BSc, Mathematics and English Literature, Brock University (1997), and worked as a research assistant in Infection Control at Mount Sinai Hospital for a few years before taking a leap and choosing to build on her Mennonite background in farming, food preservation and textile arts with an urban/art twist. In 2007 she started her online shop (currently on hiatus!), and also volunteered and took leadership roles in local Toronto food sustainability and poverty reduction initiatives, specifically the Shoelace Collective and Not Far From the Tree.
After two decades living and homeschooling in Toronto, her family relocated to Hamilton. Her daughter shares her love of textiles and cosplay, and for the past two years they have exhibited at shows and curated displays with the Burlington Handweavers and Spinners Guild at the Art Gallery of Burlington. Meanwhile, her son hobbits himself under the nearest table and plays Minecraft, and her husband cheers from the sidelines 🙂 She is currently the vice president of the BHSG. Over the years she has written and lead workshops in food preservation, textile re-making, and quilting, is a member of WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), is trained as a facilitator for the Kairos Blanket Exercise, and has won awards as a maker. She brings with her a deep ability and knowledge of many textile techniques and a willingness to share.