|Milliner Margie Trembley|
Omaha resident, Margie Trembley, milliner, has been working in fiber arts for almost a decade and a half.
Prior to this time, Margie was a glass artist, working primarily with etched, fused and carved glass. Getting her feet wet as a lampwork glass bead artist, she served as the International Representative on the Board of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers.
As a beadmaker, she aspired to work her way into bigger glass projects. She did just that and ventured into architectural glass art. Her largest project was a 12 window etched and carved glass project for a senior care retirement center in the Chicago suburbs. The work was crafted in Lincoln (NE) and shipped to Chicago, Illinois for installation.
Her artistic interest slowly took a different path as she started to develop an interest in mixed media and fiber art.
The love of fiber art processes was jump started when she attended a millinery show in Chicago where the models wore felted hats.
Margie immediately started taking classes to learn more about felting, wool, and the animals that produce the wool. She learned several felting processes including wet, nuno, needle and machine felting.
Studying with some of the top instructors from across the US and the Netherlands, she has perfected her processes. To enhance her millinery skills, she continues to study with two top millinery instructors from the Midwest at a professional millinery studio.
She displays her works as well as those of 20 other local and area artists in her co-owned gallery/studio, Springfield Artworks in the small town, Springfield, Nebraska less than 10 miles South of Omaha.
Millinery, "Art to wear"and glass art that her husband , Glenn, creates, is prominent in the gallery / boutique.
Margie has lectured at a regional fiber meeting in Arkansas, exhibited her Japanese surface design pieces at the International Quilt Study Center and at other venues throughout Nebraska. She is passionate about working with wool and other natural sustainable products.
Margie's inspiration as told in her words:
"I am a wearable art artist and couture milliner. Even though my work has been in various mediums from glass to metal to fiber and wearable, I now focus my time on hats and accessories. Intrigued by what I call wool magic, I embarked on creating hats just a few years ago.”
“Nature, color and texture inspire me in my endeavors as a milliner. Wondering through various venues, I stop, feel, and imagine, 'What if?'
Often I find myself purchasing unique items for future hats. Though many might think these items not useful, I find them to be treasures.
By attending workshops at the Philadelphia Flower Show and experimenting with exquisite designs in garden club, I have found these experiences influential in my couture millinery designs."
Exhibits and Venues:
Springfield Artworks- Springfield, NE 2009-present
Omaha Fashion Week- Omaha, NE August 2013 and March 2014
International Quilt Museum, Lincoln, NE -2013
"Tree of Life" exhibited in Little Rock, AR at "Connecting Threads", a SAQA Regional Exhibit of Contemporary Art Quilts, Spring – 2012
Fine Art of Fiber at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, Fall – 2009
Lauritzen Gardens “Art in Bloom”, Omaha, NE August – 2009
Morton Arboretum, Botanical Art Show, Lisle, IL June – 2009
Highland Park Art Center, “In View” all- members show, Highland Park, IL June – 2009
Art Of Lisle, 50th anniversary juried show, Lisle, IL – 2006
International Society of Glass Beadmakers Gallery Exhibit, Portland, OR – 2004
Fine Line Creative Art Center Student Exhibit, St Charles, IL – 2004
North Suburban Needle Arts Guild (Chicago, Illinois)
Fiber Divas (Naperville, Illinois)
Weavers and Spinners Guild (Omaha, Nebraska)
SAQA and Surface Design Association (International Associations)
Funtastic Fibers (Omaha Metro)